There’s an excellent discussion going on over at the National Journal’s Education Expert Blog area. The conversation centers on a NACE report a few months ago stating that less than 20 percent of 2009 college graduates who had applied for a job by the end of April had one in hand. The main question: are colleges doing enough to make graduates attractive job candidates? Comments range from the increasing challenge for community colleges to the role of basic economic supply and demand.
My takeaway – these types of questions and discussions need to also be had when developing or reviewing a college recruitment initiative. It means having a strategic plan in place that is able to address talent today and in the future. When conducted routinely, these type of discussions encourage new thinking and allow organizations to develop an inclusive and integrated college recruitment strategy that serves as a foundation for succession planning.