Aspiring graduates give up on slack employersOn 11 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Graduates will desert companies unless promises made to them in therecruitment process are met.Inadequate training and development, poor career management and boring workwere found to be the main reasons for turnover among graduates, said JaneSturges, lecturer in management at the Open University Business School, quotinga study by OUBS.Graduates were also increasingly likely to want a balance between work andhome life, although despite this most said they work long hours.Pay was far less important than other factors, the study of 50 graduates atfive major employers found.”I am not saying the employers are dishonest, but sometimes they can bea little flexible with the truth,” said Sturges. “It is almost whatthey do not say that is most deluding.”But graduates still had a traditional idea of what their career wouldentail, despite reduction in job security, flatter organisational structuresand employee loyalty in the past decade.”They still expect help with managing their careers, they have a highexpectation of training and development and want challenging work,” saidSturges.”They understand the rhetoric of the ‘new career’, but they do not seemto know how it applies to them.”Lack of career progression was also found to be a major threat to graduatecommitment.Sturges said HR departments have a big role to play in training linemanagers to offer career advice to graduates. Most of the respondents reportedthat they did not receive sufficient support from their line manager. Comments are closed.