Graduates

Onboarding - Finding the right fit.

So, you're out to attract the best grads your money can buy. But what does that mean? High intellect, top grades, tenacious and determined, all of the above and more? We know from research that IQ is not a predictor of success, but then nor is EQ on it's own.

We work with our clients to create a robust process that allows you to assess those cultural fit and emotional awareness elements that are crucial to success in most organisations. Our group based, experiential approach helps identify not only how clever a grad is, but also how socially able they are to build stong relationships, value others and adapt their style based on situational needs.

Recruiting Graduates

Skills Development

Tapping into a graduates potential strengths, early on, is a key element to any grads journey through the organisation. Are they likely to be a leader, a technical expert, sales person or a future CEO?

We work in partnership with many clients dovetailing our skill packages and experiential development solutions into their placement and business skills elements. Together we create graduate journeys that are world class and award winning.

Our solutions often focus on experiential learning and cover subjects such as Leadership, Management, Influence, Change, Teamworking and Communication. Each programme is designed with the end in mind and focuses on tying together the programme with line manager involvement.

Leadership & Skills Training for Graduates

Career Development

Many grad programmes aim to help their grads make connections and build relationships, find their feet, understand the business and identify where they think they fit after the programme.

Our unique "Launchpad" approach helps graduates to consider their career path and activities for that first 24 months after leaving the programme. It also provides graduates the opportunity to showcase themselves to senior managers across the organisation and to learn more about the inter-relatedness of the various parts of the business.

In essence, we help prepare the grads to leave the programme and embark on the next part of their career, in the best shape possible. Our "Launchpad" solution is one of our most popular and powerful support mechanisms for graduate providers.

Graduate Career Development Programmes

Graduate Coaching

Coaching a graduate can be really valuable in a number of scenarios. For graduates who are struggling to work out where they fit or what they want to do, coaching can help them identify avenues to explore, gather useful information and gain clarity and direction.

For graduates who are rising stars, but lack the wisdom that experience brings, coaching can act as a fast track. Partnering the graduate with a seasoned coach can help the graduate to consider situations from a different perspective, better understand the importance of relationship management and the consequences of getting it right and wrong.

Often, coaching is used to fix a problem. With graduates, we can use it to create a stronger foundation for exellence.

Coaching Graduates

Thoughts on Grads

Experience vs Ability

Time Served vs Ability Served

Years ago, as a graduate joining a firm, you were expected to follow quite a traditional route. You worked in various departments, served your time doing things you liked and disliked and then at some point your experience would be sufficient to get you promoted.

These days, it is not uncommon to see a graduate propelled into more senior roles because they are hardworking, committed and can do a good job. Opportunity is the new career path mantra.

Is seniority without the experience and wisdom however, the smart thing to do? Many a good company has been taken down at the hands of a young adventurer without the wisdom to understand the impact. There is a balance to be had between "Opportunity & Ability", we just need to be aware of it before over-promoting.

Geeks vs Cool Dudes

Geeks & Cool Dudes

We all remember the cool kids from school. The ones who always got the girl or boy. The ones who always got picked for teams and to lead things. The geeks....well they just ensured that the corner of the room and the shadows were occupied. And yet, some geeks are so cool! They have the best of both worlds, cool and clever!

Social adeptness and emotional awareness are vital skills for graduates, especially in their first few years in the organisation. To start with, they lack the experience and credibility to just be cool. So they have to learn and earn it. Teach them relationship management, networking, social influence skills.

These skills may just help them become the cool kid, who is geeky enough to be credible too.

  • Superdrug
  • Bakkavor
  • Env Agency
  • Santander
  • TNT Parcels
  • Homebase
  • Coty
  • Ikea
  • B&Q

Some of the companies we're proud to have worked for.

What people say about us.

  • I can't believe the transformation in myself in just three days. Even my kids have noticed the changes in me......for the better. Thank you for all you support and encouragement!

    JayneElectrical Retailer
  • I've been on lots of these tree hugging courses before, but I can honestly say this was the best and by far, most useful course I've ever attended. Hope to see you again!

    GeoffPharmaceutical Research
  • I was really apprehensive about attending the programme, but I can't believe it went so quick! I didn't want to leave it was that enjoyable. Hats off to Andy and the team, just brilliant!

    AmandaProfessional Services
  • The one to one coaching has done more for my career in six months than in the last 15yrs. I can't thank you enough. There is now a little Andy that lives in my head acting as my guide!

    MartinSmall Research Business
  • I've used countless training companies before, but none have come close to the level of rigor and effort you put into your programmes. I look forward to a great working friendship.

    GeenaInternational Sales Distributor
  • Our conferences are normally in swish hotels abroad where we are wined and dined. I would trade them everytime for another couple of days with you guys doing the activities in the woods. It was so much more useful!

    JustineCosmetics Distributor
  • I don't like change and I can be a stubborn git when I feel like it. Never has anyone told me to my face and done it in a way that totally made me want to change. Either you're a magician or an alien! Thanks again!

    TrevorMechanical Engineering Manufacturer
  • Thank you for a wonderful few days. It was great to meet new colleagues, break down those international silos and to learn a few things about myself too. Hope you'll do something in Germany soon!

    ViktorPower Generation