Preparing New Grads for Career Success

A recent post at HR Daily Advisor offered suggestions for employers on how to engage young workers and prepare 20-something employees for career success – especially in the first year on the job.

The list of suggestions from HR Daily Advisor are:

1. Teaching them the role of mature professionals
2. Helping them to establish profitable relationships
3. Encouraging them to show controlled initiative
4. Help them master skills that will take them anywhere
5. Showing them how to be proactive their own career growth

There are not many opportunities in college for students to develop these behaviors. Employers who want to keep new grads engaged realize there is more to learn than just the technical skills in their new jobs.

More tips for new grads to focus on career success:

1. Bookmark a few writing resources.  Employers complain about new grads’ writing skills.
2. Join a professional association. Many employers will actually pay for this.
3. Take advantage of training within the company.
4. Pay attention to office politics while staying out of it.
5. Ask for feedback on your work and be open to new ideas.
6. Find a coach you trust who can help you. Your coach does not have to be someone inside the company.
7. Exercise your people skills. Understand different management styles and know how to work well with different groups.

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