The Graduate Recruitment Market: Key Thoughts from a Year Online

In a recent interview discussing the impact COVID-19 is having on the Early Careers talent market, IHR’s Natasha Preocanin sat down, virtually, with Jack Walker from SHL and Nicola Lamplough from Experian to discuss how increased application numbers have changed the way organisations approach talent selection and how this might affect the landscape moving forward.

SHL, the leading talent assessment provider, has been working tirelessly with organisations over the last year to adapt talent processes that have shifted from, in some instances, an entirely in-person experience, to an entirely virtual process. The pandemic has impacted organisations in different ways and as the market has adjusted and realigned, some have thrived and others, unfortunately, have not. This realignment has meant that there are more opportunities for employers to take advantage of, accessing talent they wouldn’t normally have been able to.

Given the time that last year’s employers would have been ramping up their graduate recruitment campaigns, it’s understandable that there was a drop in graduate vacancies, but are all the headlines to be believed? Are graduate programmes in a steady decline or was this just a blip, like so much of 2020 was on all accounts?

Natasha, Nicola and Jack discussed some key focus areas for organisations when looking at attracting, engaging and developing graduate talent along with some key considerations and stories of success. Check out the video for some of the key highlights, listen to the podcast, or to gain access to the full report on what graduates of today can offer the workplace, download SHL’s report.


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