The Not-So Unexperienced Youths
Written by Khadija Hamouchi
Travelling Educationalist: Learning and Development
Edited by Anthony Figueroa
Hiring the right workforce in this unfavourable economic climate is vital for businesses. In times of crisis, companies are understandably relying on the hiring of an experienced workforce to maintain their level of competition in global markets. But what if the key to success and competition lied also in the hiring of unexperienced youths?
At this very moment, you might have gently given a faint smile. You might be thinking that this proposal is quite naïve, unrealistic, and something of the helpless dreamer variety. You might also agree with the very fact that youngsters are cheap labour too, which helps reduce the figure in the expenditure column of your end of year financial balance sheet. However, reducing the youth to a final figure will not do justice to their very profitable personal specifications.
Youths demonstrate an incredible knack for dealing with people from various cultural backgrounds, highly priced behaviour in today’s open, free, and global market. In addition, their inexperience puts them in an unparalleled position to be excellent team players.
Unlike their elders who go it solo while climbing up the corporate ladder for that next career promotion, young people tend to favour teamwork, as they are conscious of their need to replace their inexperience with learning. In addition to their social skills, youths tend to master technologies, quickly adapt, and consequently show less resistance to most types of change.
Their continuous exposure to the internet has transformed this younger generation into “master online researchers”. If you are looking for specific information, they will find it in no time flat. Furthermore, youths bring with them creative ideas and new perspectives, skills that could help skyrocket businesses and define a company’s position amongst its competitors.
If one wants to think in the long-term, today’s trained youngsters are the secure workforce, one which will keep those office chairs filled in a decade when the economy will be favourable.
Take a chance and open your doors to young people who are eager to learn and show off their best skills with the highest integrity.