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A Graduate Workforce

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Here in England a most senior police officer has slammed the policy of only recruiting graduates into the police force, saying that; ‘they lack life experience’, and ‘they won’t commit to working unsocial hours’.  He goes on to paint a picture of a graduate recruit as someone who believes they are invincible, know better than officers who have been on the force for years, and believes that policing is just an extension of university life.

I had to smile when I read this, as it agrees exactly with my experience of dealing with young graduate entrants into the far less stressful and much less dangerous business of banking.  For a young person, banking involves a hell of a lot of routine drudgery, doing things the way they’ve always been done, and not going home until all the books are balanced at the end of the day.  There’s also the whole drag of getting into the bank before 09:00, going to lunch when you are told you can, and not staying out at lunch for longer than an hour.

Some graduates of my experience also had problems with the dress code, which was a business suit for men, and smart sober attire for women.  FFS, some male graduates didn’t even know how to tie a necktie, and had to have it done for them by a kindly person when they got into the office.

In my experience, new graduates tend to be idealists.

The world is more malleable than you think, and it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape.  ~  BONO

Actually, no it isn’t.  The snag is; when you are working for someone else, you have to be prepared to put the ideals of the business ahead of your own.  The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one.

Many graduates also believe that they’re done with formal education when they leave university ~ and that’s another no.  There is the tiresome business of obtaining a qualification from the people who run the profession a graduate has chosen.  And I kid you not, the studies and exams set by people such as The Law Society are a bit more difficult than the average degree.  It would take most graduates 4 to 6 years to qualify as a ‘lawyer’, and cost at least £4,500.  (Other professional qualifications are similar.)  However really bright graduates may find that the firm / business helps out with costs and gives them a little time off work to study.

Being a graduate is not a passport to riches and fame, rather it’s just another step on the hard road of life.

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jack collier

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