By Sally Norton
To all employers: have you considered hiring a student this spring or summer and why not? There are numerous valid reasons to hire students for any type of work and we are enlisting the ten most important ones.
Take a look and judge for yourself.
You’ll realize why there are no issues of workflow disruptions or lower productivity when you hire students, and where they get those fresh ideas from.
The most important reasons to hire students
It is unlikely that students will amaze you at first sight, even though they will try to impress in an interview.
They have raw knowledge but no experience, they learned from the best but have no skillset of their own, yet. That is where you should step in, as their first employer.
There are many benefits to hiring students for any type of work. They are
- Dedicated and motivated
- Filling in for temporary absent employees
- Bringing in fresh ideas and way of thinking
- Students today, skilled loyal workers tomorrow
- Additional pair of hands
- Available for a limited time
- Ready to try new opportunities
- Boosting productivity
- Helping you stay in touch with new trends
- The best spokespeople you will find
Students’ enthusiasm rubs off on other employees
Students are aware of the importance of a steady job and will put in an effort to prove themselves and get noticed. You can expect them to offer to work overtime, as they have a limited time to earn as much as possible, to cover for their tuition for example.
It is difficult to find a more motivated and dedicated workforce. Some of their enthusiasm may even rub off on your regular employees. Their high energy and eagerness to work will bring new life into your company.
Easier workforce management
Most businesses experience lower production rates during certain months, usually while their employees are away for holidays. However, this is also the time when students are free and can add value to your business.
What students lack in experience they make up for in speed and motivation. As long as there are experienced colleagues available to mentor and supervise those students, you have nothing to worry about.
Bringing in fresh ideas and way of thinking
Students will find work one way or another. Their entrepreneurial ideas are boosted by their need to pay off their scholarship. A team behind undergrads.com has created students’ moving service from necessity but kept it running even after they graduated.
Now, they employ students and pay it forward. Also, they’re donating a portion of all proceeds to a scholarship fund for their Undergrads. Does it sound like a success story to you, too?
Students today, skilled loyal workers tomorrow
If you snatch them right after they graduate, it is a win-win situation for both parties. Otherwise, they will go looking for a more fulfilling job elsewhere.
You have an opportunity to invest in and mold the young mind into a valuable asset for your business. If you give them a chance now, guess who will they contact first once they are ready to enter the job market.
Hire students and finish old projects
It happens often that regular staff members don’t get enough time to tackle special projects. Either those tasks tend to pile up or productivity in general suffers.
However, students can partake in those side projects so your regular employees can focus on their other duties.
If it doesn’t work…
Another advantage of hiring students is the length of their employment. They are usually available for only a few months. It is quite enough time for them to get familiar with the work duties, and sufficient time for you to get to know them.
If they don’t manage – the duration of their training is limited – and there is an easy way out for both parties.
Ready to tackle new challenges
Students are easily adaptable to presented business surroundings. Not burdened by previous experiences or held back by old habits, they will be open to new challenges. Moreover, they will readily accept mentorship and learn new skills if they can help them stay ahead of the competition.
Hiring students also provides an opportunity to try some new ideas and start a parallel short-term project without work disruption in your regular operations.
Flexibility is one of the greatest assets students poses. If you hire students, you can fill in gaps in productivity wherever and whenever they arise with the help of highly adaptable young workers.
They are likely to ask you questions you haven’t pondered on yourself. And, as a result, you will get to the solutions you haven’t even considered. Moreover, their tech-savviness will make you rely more on time-saving technologies, marketing tools, and other assets that will add value to your business.
Helping you stay in touch with new trends
The fast development of science makes every new generation more up to date with new technologies than the one before. By regularly bringing in new students as full-time or part-time workers, you are investing in your business.
You are getting a fresh input of the most recent knowledge and trends, and in return, providing an opportunity for students to apply these modern tools.
The best spokespeople you will find
Quite simply, those you treat fair and with respect will spread the word about you. As a result, your fame built on ethical work culture will keep attracting better-qualified candidates, over time.
Undergrads believe that “life isn’t about how much you do, it’s about how many people you impact.” So, don’t wait to start building a good reputation.