Companies Fail with First Job College Graduates

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Jun 24

The first job out of college is important — and companies are blowing it by not addressing the needs of new workers.

In a survey from Taleo Corporation, the numbers are bloody:

  • 43% of adults who got a job after graduating college stayed in this job less than two years.
  • 41% of those who are no longer with their first employer out of college spent less than two years with their first employer.(2)
  • When describing how their first job made them feel, 13% said they couldn’t wait for Friday to arrive, 10% wanted to quit every day and 8% felt it was a waste of their time.
  • 19% of 18-34 year olds wanted to quit their first job every day, compared to 3% of those 55 years old and over

Employee engagement, anyone?

The largest reason given for the company performance was that “61% of those who are no longer with their first employer said their first employer did not provide a clear path for career advancement within the organization.”

I would suggest career advancement was not the reason people left their first job. Having a significant percentage of employees wanting to quit their first job every day of the week translates into engagement issues. It is not logical that a person wanting to quit every day in their first job would feel that way because they don’t know their career advancement path.

Every employee needs to know they are succeeding through measures, are doing relevant work for the company and known in their team. After achieving these three traits from their company, one would then worry about career advancement, not before.

Regardless, college graduates — as they should — vote with their feet when confronted with jobs that are not fulfilling and where they can’t see their future.


About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.