Entry-level engineers bring a fresh prospective to your company. Just out of college, these new graduates are eager to make their mark on the professional world. You’re excited to have them join your team, but these young people have plenty of options, so you have to make your company a place they want to work.
If you’ve been using the same strategy to recruit these young professionals for years, it’s time for an update. While new graduates still want many of the same things as their more seasoned peers, they also have many different needs that must be addressed if you want your company to appeal to the best and brightest.
4 Best Ways to Attract Entry-Level Engineers
Student Loan Repayment
In 2017, approximately 65% of college seniors who graduated from public and private nonprofit colleges had student loan debt, owing an average of $28,650, according to The Institute for College Access & Success. Therefore, establishing a student loan repayment program is something that would really entice most entry-level engineers. Even a small contribution — i.e., $50 or $100 per month — can help employees better manage their debt and pay it off faster.
Entry-level engineers don’t want to go on coffee runs. Share examples of responsibilities held by employees currently in these roles, so they can get a feel for the type of projects they’d be working on. This will get the right candidates excited about the impact they could make if they become part of your team.
Professional Development Opportunities
They just graduated from college, but entry-level engineering candidates aren’t done learning. This motivated group already understands the importance of continuing education, and they want to work for a company willing to provide it.
Highlight all available professional development opportunities — i.e., company-paid training sessions, seminars and conferences and even tuition reimbursement for graduate school — to showcase your company’s commitment to learning. If you don’t already offer any of these things, it’s time to step it up.
Flexible Working Conditions
New college graduates grew up with technology at their fingertips. Therefore, this tech-savvy generation values the ability to work remotely and set their own schedule, because not being able to do so doesn’t make sense to them.
If you require employees to be in your office from 9am to 5pm every day, you won’t appeal to younger workers. Give entry-level engineers the flexibility to work remotely and set their own schedule — when possible, to a reasonable degree — because that’s a very big deal to them.
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