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.

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