Sadly, I'm kidding myself if I think I can speak on behalf of young people BUT I can comment on the state of the entry level jobs market so I'll stick with that for now!  

Research was commissioned by the Institute of Students and Debut in the wake of Covid and involved over 2,000 students and young jobseekers.  It highlights their experiences of the jobs market and what they are looking for from an employer. 

The pandemic's impact on young people cannot be underestimated - it's created lots of uncertainty in the jobs market and effected decisions students are making as they leave full time education and try to enter the workforce. 

Research by Milkround shows just 18% of graduates are securing jobs this year compared to the typical 60% and a report by the Resolution Foundation highlights one in five young people furloughed during lockdown have since lost their jobs. And the figures are even more stark among young BAME workers.  

Graduate job opportunities are down significantly this year but the average number of applications per job has increased by 47.2% ; from 16.8 in 2019, to 24.7 in 2020. This all translates into a very competitive jobs market for entry level talent....and huge volumes of candidates for employers to manage.   

This research shows that young people are hungry for information when it comes to job hunting.  

They want to know about the recruitment process, how it works and how to succeed. They also want to know what it’s like to work in the organisation and in the long term, what opportunities will be presented to them.

Even though the market is awash with young talent, it's not the time to sit back and become complacent, it's more important than ever to make sure you are attracting the right talent in to your business and screening out candidates who aren't aligned to your culture and brand values.