This past week I had the privilege and honor to be able to represent my company at a career fair.
I was there with three other colleagues recruiting for summer interns and other talent.
Now I have read in the popular press a lot of angst from corporations about a lack of skills. There is a simple economic fix for that, but that is for another time (hint: wages). Our experience at this fair proved that at least at this school, the press is dead wrong.
The event was very well organized. We had good directions to get there. The it was fairly easy to get to the venue. From there we found our booth, got coffee, and away we went.
When the doors opened until it ended we had a steady stream of students walk by. We engaged many of them and collected data to contact them later.
Here are some observations:
- They were all professionally dressed
- Everyone looked me in the eye with confidence
- Most had a good idea of what they were looking for
- Those that were not sure, asked good questions
- They smiled
- They laughed
- They had solid resumes
- They were prepared
If you are in corporate America and cannot find talent, then you are doing something really wrong. If this school is any indication, we are still producing solid talent.
I only wish I had the intelligence at that age to be so together (see previous post on regrets).
There is something to be hopeful for as far as our future workers goes - as a worker, employers do need you.
As an employer the talent is there. Go find it and take care of them.
What have you observed lately about young workers and talent? Let me know. It is far more interesting than what I have to say.