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Think Graduate Schemes can't be measured? Find out how it is done.

Good Graduate schemes are important and they are expensive to run.  They are important as they are a major source of talent for critical roles and a pipeline for future leaders.  They are expensive as they involve creating a specific employee experience which is more than just a role.

They are also risky, as today’s best millennial talent is quicker than ever to move on to the next opportunity if they are not happy.

How many CEOs run the company they started at?

With the news that Mary Barra, the new CEO of GM has spent all her career at GM it is interesting to see how many UK CEOs run the compay they started their career at. More than potentially you would think!

10 reasons why this is the best time to become a graduate?

With all the gloom laden talk you hear about the challenges of student employment and getting a job out of uni we thought it was worth putting some thought into the brighter side of being a graduate today.

In our view there has never been a better time to start out in a career for at least the following reasons

  1. Technology is spurring creativity and opening new opportunities for everyone to do more amazing things
  2. More interesting jobs than ever before as most of the admin and routine work has been automated out

Some real world tips for what you really need to know when you start as a graduate

1000's of people have just started work as graduate trainees in organisations around the land

Based on real experience here are some selected pearls of wisdom for today's new grads as they start work

The rules of designing a graduate programme based on PIXAR's 22 rules of storytelling

A few months ago Emma Coates of Pixar published a list of rules for telling great stories.

As creating great graduate schemes is a way of helping people tell the first chapter of their work story, here is my attempt at adapting those rules for the people designing those stories

If “fail fast and often” is such a good idea why do most people not embrace it?

Part of the mantra of the Start up movement is the idea of “Fail fast and fail often” and it has crossed into the mainstream of business thinking and advice.

It sounds great but somehow does not resonate with most of the people I come across, why is this?

I think there are 4 big reasons

Why apprenticeships will not solve the real Youth Employment issue.

I am working in an office which has just taken on two apprentices.  They appear bright, capable and charming.  Not the stereotypical mono syllabic non communicators with no work ethic that you hear about.

The problem is what do they do?  They have done the first set of tasks, that little set of not important non urgent nice to have tasks that every office has.  Now what?  What are they actually going to do?

This sparks for me the really big issue of where are the entry level jobs in a service based, white collar economy?  And it makes me think that this is maybe what is really at the heart of the current malaise of youth unemployment

A check list for taking on a Graduate

Following on from the article on how to tell if a graduate is on track,  this is a second checklist of what needs to be in place from the organisation's side.  What are the structures and processes needed for managers to ensure a graduate can succeed.  The items are broken into three sections.  Interestingly, all 16 items are in the must have not nice to have category  

An 8 point check list to test if a grad is on track

I have been  inspired by a blog from Tim Ferriss on why David Lee Roth always insisted on the contract clause of "A big bowl of M&Ms with all the brown ones taken out" (link to blog here) to write checklists.

This is a checklist to see if a graduate is on track.

Is the War for Talent a useful concept

Recently I read an article saying that the War for Talent for was an out of date concept

Part of the critque was that "war" is not a useful metaphor for which I have some sympathy. The major argument though, was that it is more important to take a holistic view and that everyone is talent, and to discriminate is a bad idea

The three thoughts I had were