Last week, four of the Gradconsult team attended the annual AGR Student Recruitment Conference. It was Jane's first conference with us, and it's safe to say she loved every minute! We spent three days down in blustery Brighton, both leading sessions and attending workshops.
Mike delivered a fantastic session with Kate Croucher from the FDM Group on the changing world of university partnerships. They spoke about how the lines are blurred between careers services and employers as universities are getting more involved in graduate recruitment.
Rebecca presented to a packed room on understanding the real purpose of graduate schemes and how we can break the divestment cycle. She emphasised the importance of separating out operational effectiveness measures from ROI. The audience particularly appreciated our suggestion of encouraging graduates to measure their own ROI.
We also sponsored the Work Experience Programme Award, and were delighted to present it to Alex Walton of Laing O'Rourke, one of our fantastic clients. Laing O'Rourke were additionally shortlisted for the School Leaver and Apprenticeship Strategy Award on account of their innovative school and college leaver programme (designed by none other than Gradconsult!).
The keynote speakers were another highlight, especially those who spoke on the closing day of the conference.
Simon Fanshawe opened the final day with a speech on diversity, asking employers not to recruit the 'obvious' candidate. Stunningly, there are more men named John, Andrew and David in executive positions in the FTSE100 than there are women and BME individuals combined. This is frankly ridiculous and needs to change! As he said, "diversity is not something we do, it is the way we do something".
Daniel Susskind then gave a thought-provoking presentation on the future of professions and the likely impact of technology. By 2050, the processing power of a computer could equal the processing power of all human minds combined, and through technology we'll soon be able to solve problems that previously only people within the professions could.
A special thank you goes to our wonderful dinner guests: Martin Perfect, Emmie Studencki, Stuart Marriott, Adele Browne, Emma Moore, and Paul Blackmore. It was a pleasure to have you all on our table and we hope to see and work with you again very soon!
Overall it was a fantastic few days and we're already looking forward to next year in Newport!