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What Does the Future of Graduate Recruitment Look Like?


The future of graduate and emerging talent recruitment will be the hot topic at WCN’s free-to-attend, interactive breakfast seminar on Thursday 21st January at The Imperial War Museum. Marks and Spencer and WCN will be some of the major names sharing the latest insights into the ‘graduate recruiting machine’, touching upon the key subjects of technology, Big Data and graduate recruitment.

Few can argue that technology has revolutionised the graduate recruitment industry, so much so that traditional methods are just no longer viable. Engaging and attracting the very top talent has never been more crucial to organisational success, especially with candidates increasingly expecting proactive companies to have technologies already in place to stand out above its competition. Today’s graduates are more creative in their approach and align themselves with companies they have a desire to be employed by; this means early engagement is key. Failure to do so could mean losing out on high potential hires now, and future experienced hires.

The seminar, designed for graduate recruiting leaders and heads of graduate recruitment teams, will have a particular focus on the rapidly evolving technology landscape and look at how technology can create a candidate centric, efficient and cost-effective recruitment solution. Each speaker will address the major challenges faced within the graduate market and explain, via first-hand experiences, how they and their organisations manage internal recruiting operations.

The interactive session, headlined by Helen Alkin, Graduate Recruitment Manager at Marks & Spencer and Charles Hipps, CEO of WCN, will cover a host of critical industry questions. For instance, ‘how do we maximise the impact of emerging talent?’ Emerging talent is an increasingly popular subject, especially with researchers forecasting that by 2020 there will be a shortage of skilled labour, particularly from college and university educated workers.

The seminar will analyse the impact of the aging population – baby boomers – retiring and Millennials becoming the dominant workforce. Baby boomers, who are a predominantly loyal workforce, hold the majority of formal and tacit organisational knowledge, are being replaced by a technologically savvy, highly creative and mobile generation, who are thinking with their feet. The average Millennial only stays in a role for an average of two years, favouring a better work/life balance to increased salary. It is therefore imperative to know how to nurture and engage this talent, beating rivals to the hire.

The recruitment industry will always innovate, but today the biggest tool is using Big Data to your advantage. The educational sessions will illuminate the benefits including ranking applicants, checking diversity levels and analysing where the best graduates can be found. In a recent study, a computer could more accurately predict the subject’s personality than a work colleague by analysing just 10 Facebook Likes; more than a friend with 70 and a family member with 150 Likes.

Spaces are limited. To reserve your space or for more information contact: [email protected]