I recently had a chat with a recruitment who expressed her utter dismay at the calibre of graduates in employment currently. She acknowledged that our country has a robust education system that churns ‘drones’ (verbatim) who end up becoming inept at fitting in to the work environment. The reasons she attributed to this include but were not limited to:
- Focus an academic content at the expense of co-education
- Ignoring the role of inter-personal communication and etiquette in higher education
- Lacking appreciation of the importance of extra-curricular activities in character building
Of course I found this quite intriguing owing to the fact that I could not relate to the experience she mentioned as I completed my undergraduate studies in England … but I could relate to her perspective when I recalled some of the incidents I have observed in my employment. These range from personal presentation, written and verbal communication faux pas to poor interpersonal relations … the list is endless.
It made me reflect back on the focus of the School of Management in shaping the calibre of its graduates: I look at the Students’ Union, the Academic and Study Support facilities, the Careers Office … all of which embody the Leicester core values: Elite without being Elitist. This exposure sets apart our alumni from other graduates who enter the job market with the bare minimum core set of attributes that merely get’s their foot through the door.
The idea though is to ensure that as a graduate, one packs a powerful delivery that keeps the door open and unfolds a greater set of opportunities for career growth.
I will share a few anecdotes my friend the recruitment consultant forwarded to my email for my perusal in my next couple of blog posts …