Hiring a new grad is about potential (Guest commentary)

With 300,000 grads entering the workforce each year, Gen Y is a vast source of talent ready to be moulded
By Lauren Friese
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/15/2008

Graduating from university in 2005, I was confronted by a major problem: What was I going to do next? The obvious answer of course was to enter the workforce. But how?

I had a degree in economics with above-average grades, a summer internship under my belt and was very active on campus. But the dozens of employers on campus weren’t knocking down my door.

And I wasn’t the only one in this position. Take a sample of six of my university classmates, all of whom were in arts or engineering programs. Not a single one of us was recruited on campus.