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the things graduates say..

 
#1 the things graduates say..
09/11/2010 15:32

billum

friend of mine running a bank IT function had a new graduate assigned, and asked him to do a piece of detailed business analysis. graduate politely declined, saying "I'm more of a big picture guy"

what other gems do we have?

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#2 RE: the things graduates say..
09/11/2010 15:43

Dave to billum (#1)

Tell us what subsequently happened. Be detailed and graphic.

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#3 RE: the things graduates say..
09/11/2010 15:50

old timer to Dave (#2)

things have moved on from my time as a graduate engineer, we used to send to people to stores for a left handed screw driver or a long 'weight'

at least i didn't fall for it :-)

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#4 RE: the things graduates say..
09/11/2010 22:54

anon to old timer (#3)

They should have asked the grad to dust the 'big pictures' hanging on the bank walls!

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#5 RE: the things graduates say..
09/11/2010 23:55

Mark to anon (#4)

When asked where she'd been when i'd been waiting for her to send out an email a new grad replied "I took my whole hour of lunch to read my book in the canteen"

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#6 RE: the things graduates say..
10/11/2010 09:03

Dave to Mark (#5)

Sounds like that grad had the right idea. After all, the employer would no doubt have a fit if she left an hour early every day. So why does the employer feel entitled to expect her to give away her own time (the lunch break) for free? A naive view of the grad indeed, but also perfectly reasonable in my view.

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#7 RE: the things graduates say..
10/11/2010 09:54

billum to Dave (#6)

Dave, I'd like to be able to say that Mr Big Picture went on to become Banksy, but in reality he was just returned directly to the grad rotation scheme...

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#8 RE: the things graduates say..
10/11/2010 11:51

Bob to billum (#7)

Initial client meeting, with round-the-table intros, new grad on the consultant team: "I'm xxxxx, I've just joined as a new graduate and have no experience at all."

To his (partial) defence, we probably should have prepped him in advance.

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#9 RE: the things graduates say..
10/11/2010 13:35

Dave to Bob (#8)

I would like to hear more of these stories. Please be detailed and descriptive.

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#10 RE: the things graduates say..
10/11/2010 15:03

Anon to Dave (#9)

What's with you Dave? Into complaintporn or something?

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#11 RE: the things graduates say..
10/11/2010 23:03

Polish Plumber to Anon (#10)

A new graduate told me. Yakshemash, Sir, can you give me some change please? I've been looking for work for about a year and nobody wants to hire me with my degree in media studies. You're a plumber so you must be loaded!

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#12 RE: the things graduates say..
11/11/2010 11:02

DCF to Polish Plumber (#11)

Oh my sides

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#13 RE: the things graduates say..
12/11/2010 12:38

Bob to DCF (#12)

Recently seen on a TC thread:

"Just signed a contract with Accenture for a graduate consulting role.

Starting salary is 31.5K plus 10K bonus for a total of 40K, before tax obviously, if you are a real hot shot.

After 6 years of experience you should be getting al LEAST three times as much! "

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#14 RE: the things graduates say..
12/11/2010 13:29

rc to Bob (#13)

ah, tax - also known as 'The Graduate's Surprise'

when I joined AC some centuries ago, we were told that our salary would double every 3 years - which at the time meant that come retirement you could plan on being on £350 million a year :)

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