Why College Graduates could be seen as Assets
There has been a lot of discussion about what sort of value millennials and recent college grads bring to the workplace. Often, the tone of these articles laments millennials’ work ethic, attachment to their phones, and lack of “real-world” experience or their idealistic expectations. However, these articles and blog posts fail to understand the true value that recent college grads bring to the workforce.
Approaching work with intent and purpose
One of the most common critiques of millennials is the perception that they need to “love what they do.” However, there’s nothing wrong with this – in fact, it’s an asset! When workers believe in the mission of the organization they work for, they are more likely to be engaged at work. This leads to higher productivity, more employee buy-in, and a greater sense of job and personal satisfaction.
Recent college grads understand the hustle
Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to work one or more jobs while in college. Whether those are jobs to help afford college’s rising costs, internships that give valuable work experience in advance of graduation, or a combination of both, millennials are no stranger to the hustle. They work hard to achieve their goals and necessary targets, no matter what that takes. The presence of individually dedicated, focused employees creates a culture where this is expected of everyone – increasing productivity and returns. What employer wouldn’t want increased productivity and increased returns?
Millennials understand technology
One of the most frequently cited complaints about young people is that they are too attached to their phone, that they don’t like the “real world.” The truth is, however, that the world is changing and becoming increasingly digital. Millennial’s native understanding of technology puts them at an advantage in the workplace. Recent college graduates are up on cutting-edge technology, which can help to revitalize an office and maintain an organization’s competitive edge. While there are certainly strong arguments for disconnecting from technology, the fact is that companies need to be increasingly savvy about keeping up to date with technology breakthroughs. Young people are experts at changing technologies and can help their workplace succeed.