A Good Grad 2.0 feature

The social age of Information - it is beginning to resemble a formula from a Lewis Carroll novel! *Image source: Shutterstock, Inc Image Credit: PushkinThe social age of Information *Image source: Shutterstock, Inc Image Credit: Pushkin

The social age of Information  - it is beginning to resemble a Lewis Carroll novel!

It is quite hard to understand why anyone would bother to ask (sometimes silly) questions these days when answers lie within the tips of our fingers -  literally.

Back in the day we used to have the ordain task of trekking to school or public libraries, or in some cases, rely on the (often egoistic) local nerd to help answer questions and grasp difficult concepts.

Most don’t realise it, but we carry information boxes via our smartphones and tablets daily. And while it is easy to get bombarded by misinformation and what a current western administration has coined as ´fake news´,  it is important to be able to identify credible sources when conducting research or looking for quick answers.

A simple online search for a diagnosis for instance, can lead to you discovering that you only have three days to live if you land on the wrong pages – or worse yet uncover an evil ploy to live underground or in the ocean. Not all theories are far-fetched as soon we will be seeing flying cars or drones such as the EHANG 184 – which we have previously featured .

The Good Grad 2.0 feature

Invest like a superhero – or villain *Image source: Shutterstock, Inc Image Credit: © Lasse Behnke - lassedesignen.deInvest like a superhero – or villain *Image source: Shutterstock, Inc Image Credit: © Lasse Behnke - lassedesignen.de

It is never too early to start investing towards the future - many a successful investor as a matter of fact, regret wasting their money on trivial things rather than investing earlier.

The great news nowadays is that you don’t even have to be a stock market whizz or portfolio management guru to do so successfully.

Investing today does not have to be limited to into large portfolios like in property, major shares or a mutual fund – although if you are Bruce Wayne or Lex Luthor, or just a real-life Elon Musk you’d tend to dabble in all and constantly look for new ways to invest.

For the average non-superhero or ‘non-trust fund baby’ looking to start out a career, or about to use some hard-earned savings to do a gap year before delving into the working world, it might pay off a little to make some of that money work for you.

OriginalSteps.com has a few tips on how.

The power of a working generation *Image credit: Shutterstock, Inc © Lasse Behnke

The power of a working generation *Image credit: Shutterstock, Inc © Lasse Behnke

There are three major problems facing the youth around the world today: Unemployment, Student Debt and Education.

Whether they’re being called Generation X, Y or something else for that matter, many of today’s youth are defined by these factors. Quite simply, the youth of today could be called ‘Generation Unemployed’, ‘Generation Debt’ or even ‘Generation Uneducated’.

So much so that all over the world there are graduates without work and with the added responsibility of massive student loans hanging over their heads.

“You gotta give me one thing. I'm a scary judge of talent.” Al Pacino as Walter Burke in the 2003 action film The Recruit. *The Recruit:  © Touchstone Pictures/Spyglass Entertainment

It is kind of like head hunting but with a first-hand approach.
“You gotta give me one thing. I'm a scary judge of talent.” Al Pacino as Walter Burke in the 2003 action film The Recruit.
*The Recruit:  © Touchstone Pictures/Spyglass Entertainment
 
The quote from Pacino highlights the concept used in the movie of picking talent within the environment of a university or college.
 
If setups like the NFL and NBA have scouts searching for talent at high schools, colleges and universities, why can’t the same approach be applied to seeking talent for businesses? We can fine tune it and call it searching for future CEO’s.
 
In principle, the standard graduate recruitment processes do work. Companies campaign or market themselves while future graduates apply to businesses for a placement or job opportunity. Students go through a battery of screenings, interviews and tests before hopefully being made a contractual offer.

The worker bee and trying to decipher the graduate employment market

According to the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Global Financial Stability Report, the current global financial status is a balancing act of sorts.

This means it’s in the best interest of businesses to generate as much business / revenue as they can, thus creating the ability to employ individuals. Further, it is important to realise that many people cannot afford to quit their jobs. This often means if there’s a large exit of staff, they’re often leaving for reasons out of their control – in other words, retrenchment and retirement.