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Graduate Sourcing: Try Something Different

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What does the phrase ‘graduate recruitment’ conjure up for you? The hustle and bustle of careers fairs? Jostling for space and attention on crowded job-boards?

These tried and tested sourcing methods can feel like the best options when you’re looking to bring fresh ideas and young talent into your organisation. But is there merit in trying something a little different? Why not consider building a relationship with a local university?

Here are the four ways collaborating with a university can enhance your graduate sourcing strategy.

  1. The talent pool

Start a conversation with your local educational establishment to help them better understand what you’re looking for in terms of skills and experience for particular roles.

Lecturers and department leaders can promote your opportunities to their students, as can the university’s Knowledge Transfer Centre (KTC), if they have one.

Universities have a sea of talent at their fingertips. Establishing this conversation with your nearest university will ensure your opportunities are visible to your local graduate pool, as well as strengthen your reputation as a credible graduate employer.

  1. The support system

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme is a low-risk and cost-effective method of recruiting a graduate.

This kind of scheme can be especially useful if you have a specific commercial project in mind and want to recruit a graduate to help deliver it.

Supported by an experienced academic team and proven structure, a KTP project will equip your organisation with the resources and knowledge to get a project off the ground that could open up new markets or launch a new product or service.

  1. The networking opportunities

Collaborating with your local university can provide valuable networking opportunities.

Meeting with course leaders, careers advisers and graduates at networking events can help spread the word about your organisation and employer brand, and will help to enhance your graduate sourcing strategy.

Consider also speaking to other businesses who have benefited from collaboration with educational establishments. This can provide a more well-rounded understanding of how you could embed it in your own graduate sourcing strategy.

  1. The career prospects for graduates

We’ve focussed on the wealth of graduate sourcing opportunities that academic-business collaboration can present for employers – but let’s not forget the graduates themselves.

As a business leader, you could open students’ eyes to sectors, roles and careers they may not have encountered before.

For instance, you could deliver a presentation to students or contribute to a careers talk. Sharing experiences of your own career path can be hugely valuable to young people.

In the longer term, working with your local academic establishment could allow you to collaborate with course leaders to help shape course content. Embedding specific knowledge or soft-skill training can enhance graduates’ employability, whilst also developing a talent pipeline relevant to your organisation.

Exploring collaboration with your local university can not only transform the way you approach graduate sourcing – but potentially transform a young person’s career opportunities.

So why wait? Try something different today.