I need advice on graduate training

first_imgI need advice on graduate trainingOn 20 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. I am in my final year studying towards a degree in HRM and expect to get a2:1. I am aware of the fierce competition in the graduate labour market, sohave started my job search early. However, I am finding the availability ofgraduate training in HR very sparse. Could you advise me of companies thatoffer a solid training programme for graduates in HR? Jo Selby, director, EJ Human Resources Some organisations offer graduate training programmes in HR, but they arefew and far between, so the competition is intense. You are wise to startsearching early, as many graduate programmes have early closing dates forapplications, many of which are pre-Christmas. Your university careers servicewould be the best place to go, as it will be able to point you in the rightdirection. A graduate training programme is not the most usual route into HR. Mostgraduates join an organisation as an HR administrator, enabling them to a gaina grounding in the function. To secure a role such as this, register withrecruitment agencies after completing your finals. In the meantime, any generaladministration experience will be beneficial. Clive Sussums, recruitment consultant, Malpas Flexible Learning You deserve praise for commencing your job search as early as possibledespite the pressures involved with your final year studies. I know from my ownexperience how difficult it is achieving this job search/study volume balancein the final degree year. The competition for graduate training places is particularly fierce thisyear due to reduction in intake by most companies and the economic situation.It will be difficult to find graduate training schemes that specifically focuson HR. Companies frequently recruit graduates with a view to resourcing rolesin various functions including HR. Many programmes will concentrate more onyour chosen specialism in the second year of employment. It would be sensible to contact all the major employers in the UK who arelikely to have well-established graduate schemes. It would also be useful tocontact medium-size FTSE 250 companies as there may be opportunities there.Companies may not have specific graduate training programmes but recruitone-off graduates for HR from time to time. Peter Lewis, consultant, Chiumento It is great that you have recognised the need to get into your job searchingearly. It is also true that a degree does not guarantee you a job, so you needto be meticulous in covering the different avenues. First stop is the “milkround” graduate selection scheme, whichinvolves larger organisations with structured programmes – both generalist andspecific to HR. Contact the careers service at your college to find out whichemployers are participating – it could even be worth applying to employersvisiting nearby colleges. Secondly, use your careers library to research organisations to write todirectly. Smaller firms often do not have a full-scale graduate recruitmentprogramme, but they may still offer training opportunities and there is likelyto be less competition for these positions than there is on the high-profilemilk-round. The CIPD is a further source of advice on formal graduate trainingprogrammes. If you have a year’s work experience as part of your degree, you could alsobe of interest to the HR recruitment consultants. Getting your first job is going to be a challenge, but you have alreadystarted well. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more