Employers face challenges retaining graduate recruits

Two out of three graduates regret accepting job offers as soon as they start in the role, with one in four saying they expect to leave their first employer within a year, according to research conducted by CEB.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014

Two out of three graduates regret accepting job offers as soon as they start in the role, with one in four saying they expect to leave their first employer within a year, according to research conducted by CEB.

Its report ‘Driving New Success Strategies in Graduate Recruitment’ also found that one in five graduates are applying for jobs that do not interest them just to secure their first job, using this to fill their CV while they search for the career they want.

The report claimed that employers were exacerbating the problem by appealing to the “masses” just to fulfil application quotas to get ‘top’ graduates, rather than targeting those that are strong fit for their business.  

In a statement, Eugene Burke, chief science and analytics officer at CEB, said: “Employers need to break down the silos between recruitment and learning and development functions to maximise their investment in acquiring and developing graduate talent.

“That’s what today’s graduate want – to understand what opportunities there are to develop and grow, demonstrate the talents they have and progress in the organisation. Many firms simply lack clear intelligence on their graduate talent to know what is going to make them stay and be high-performing employees.”

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