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Advice on Graduate and Internship Programs

READY... SET... ATTRACT!

Posted by Nikki Barnard

December 6th, 2016

When it comes to graduate programmes, a clear and well thought out graduate attraction strategy will be what sets you apart from the rest, as you position your company as the employer of choice

In order to select the top graduates, you need to attract them first. Here are a few things to bear in mind when putting together your attraction strategy:

1. GET READY…

Attracting the right candidate for your graduate recruitment program is usually determined by the old “what you put in is usually what you get out” cliché’. This certainly rings true for graduate recruitment, as the more effort you as an organisation put into your attraction strategy the greater the calibre of student you will be able to select from.

In order to do this, you need to define your student target group and understand what matters to them. Times have changed and the work environment is constantly evolving. Young graduates know what they want and what is important to them and as such, graduate programs need to be clear on a few things:

  • work-life balance
  • challenging and stimulating work
  • international opportunities
  • opportunities for advancements
  • learning and development prospects
  • clear goals and regular feedback
  • compensation and benefits

How I hear you say? Be a professional stalker. Think about the person you (ideally) would like to work for your organisation, then be specific about what you can offer and how that would matter to them. The other vital step is to identify your channels and providers - the key is quality over quantity.

2. GET SET…

Gearing your yourself up to showcase your organisation is the next fundamental cog in the proverbial graduate attraction wheel. In order to do this, you need to get online and make your company known.

Students in their exploratory stages may be aware of your company, but not necessarily of your employer brand or employee value position (EVP). Help them picture you as their employer, by showcasing your organisation and your job opportunities. It is helpful to bear in mind that strong employer brands spend less time and resources on hiring, and have better employee retention and increased productivity.

The bottom line, when showcasing your company, comes down to authenticity. Communicate your company, its culture, values and benefits. Don't forget your uniqueness is what will set you apart from the rest.

3. ATTRACT!

Like attracts like - if you are wanting to select the top graduates for your organisation then you need to be top employers and be ready for them. Stay current and ahead by:

  • Setting clear targets for your attraction campaigns - Determine the criteria for a successful campaign such as better calibre of students, shorter screening times, higher offer-to-acceptance ratio, and increased awareness of employer brand. Having clear goals up front will determine the success and return on investment (ROI) of your attraction campaign.
  • Consistently measuring your progress and adjusting it if you need to - Keep your eye on the analytics and readjust your content or channels if needed. In an ever-evolving market, where young graduates are at the forefront, you need to keep up and be willing to move along with it.
  • Remembering to celebrate and acknowledge your successes - Don’t be shy… go on brag! Be proud of your organisation and let others know how you feel. Remember that the most powerful form of marketing is word of mouth, so get people talking.

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November 22nd, 2016

Joining Towngas as a Graduate Trainee is a milestone for fresh graduates, you may have a lot of doubts about how’s the life there. Let’s hear from our 2016 intakes- Parry, Carol and Shawn about how Towngas helps them in reaching their dreams!

The Towngas Graduate Trainee Program is accepting applications from now until 9 December 2016. Apply now at: https://www.towngas.com/eng/corp/careers/training/gt.aspx

Parry Chan Pak Long

Parry Chan Pak Long

BEng (Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management),
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Parry is currently under the HKIE Scheme “A” MIE Discipline, and belongs to the Hong Kong Core Business

Why did you choose to join Towngas?

Serving the community with my professionalism was my childhood dream, and Towngas is the perfect place to help me realize it. I have always wanted to join an innovative public utility company and become an engineer because all my work will make a positive impact on all Hong Kong people’s daily life. Apart from my dream, the Towngas Graduate Trainee Programme has a structured and clear career ladder, I can expect advancement within the corporate.

How’s your first 3 months as a Towngas GT?

If you ask about the best thing working in Towngas, it is definitely the support you have received from top management. They always spend time with us and give valuable feedbacks for our learning and growth, as well as not hesitate in showing their appreciation to our work done. The sense of achievement I have gained at Towngas is tremendously beyond my expectation!

Carol Huang Mei Yu

Carol Huang Mei Yu

BBA (China Business)
City University of Hong Kong

Carol is the Business Trainee of the Hong Kong Core Business.

Why did you choose to join Towngas?

My career goal is to work in a large corporate that I can be exposed to the different scope of businesses and roles. Towngas has a diverse business profile in Hong Kong and Mainland with coverage in gas production, transmission and distribution, sale of appliances and total kitchen solution, telecommunications, metering and new energy. I can foresee my future here as an all-rounded management. Other than helping me to achieve my career goal, the Graduate Trainee Programme is well-structured and it has started since 1982, many of our current executives are my GT seniors!

How’s your first 3 months as a Towngas GT?

I particularly appreciate the one-month management orientation training. Not only am I introduced to the corporate’s businesses, I have been provided with training to enhance my business networking skills through different workshops. As I am a business major without any engineering background, the orientation has also helped me to pick up a lot of the technical learning in a short period of time. I am really excited about the steep learning curve I have experienced in Towngas!

Towngas

I am an outgoing person who enjoys participating in a lot of volunteering and events organized by the company, including challenging myself in the 5-day Outward Bound adventure and being the “junior master chef” at the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival 2016. As a Graduate Trainee, I often have the chances to take up responsibilities like being the emcee and the organizer of different events. Work is really dynamic and fun at Towngas!

Shawn Chan Sheung Yin

Shawn Chan Sheung Yin

MEng (Biochemical Engineering),
University College London

Shawn is currently under the HKIE Scheme “A” CML Discipline, and belongs to the New Energy Business.

Why did you choose to join Towngas?

Since a young age, I have always wanted to help improve the traditional energy business, which aligns with the vision and mission of Towngas. Towngas has a lot of exciting projects in different regions of China, including resource exploitation, liquefaction of coalbed methane, coal-based chemicals, and biomass energy. I wish to get more exposures at various chemical plants as to develop my engineering profession, and being the New Energy GT at Towngas is the best choice.

How’s your first 3 months as a Towngas GT?

From learning business etiquette to studying the gas production and supply chain, the first three months at the Hong Kong Core Business have provided me with comprehensive training that helps me to transit from an engineering graduate to the business world. Through attaching to different departments, I am more prepared for the upcoming 18 months attachment at the Mainland China.  

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November 21st, 2016

Joining Towngas as a Graduate Trainee is a milestone for fresh graduates, you may have a lot of doubts about how’s the life there. Let’s hear from our 2016 intakes- Parry, Carol and Shawn about how Towngas helps them in reaching their dreams!

The Towngas Graduate Trainee Program is accepting applications from now until 9 December 2016. Apply now at: https://www.towngas.com/eng/corp/careers/training/gt.aspx

Parry Chan Pak Long

Parry Chan Pak Long

BEng (Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management),
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Parry is currently under the HKIE Scheme “A” MIE Discipline, and belongs to the Hong Kong Core Business

Why did you choose to join Towngas?

Serving the community with my professionalism was my childhood dream, and Towngas is the perfect place to help me realize it. I have always wanted to join an innovative public utility company and become an engineer because all my work will make a positive impact on all Hong Kong people’s daily life. Apart from my dream, the Towngas Graduate Trainee Programme has a structured and clear career ladder, I can expect advancement within the corporate.

How’s your first 3 months as a Towngas GT?

If you ask about the best thing working in Towngas, it is definitely the support you have received from top management. They always spend time with us and give valuable feedbacks for our learning and growth, as well as not hesitate in showing their appreciation to our work done. The sense of achievement I have gained at Towngas is tremendously beyond my expectation!

Carol Huang Mei Yu

Carol Huang Mei Yu

BBA (China Business)
City University of Hong Kong

Carol is the Business Trainee of the Hong Kong Core Business.

Why did you choose to join Towngas?

My career goal is to work in a large corporate that I can be exposed to the different scope of businesses and roles. Towngas has a diverse business profile in Hong Kong and Mainland with coverage in gas production, transmission and distribution, sale of appliances and total kitchen solution, telecommunications, metering and new energy. I can foresee my future here as an all-rounded management. Other than helping me to achieve my career goal, the Graduate Trainee Programme is well-structured and it has started since 1982, many of our current executives are my GT seniors!

How’s your first 3 months as a Towngas GT?

I particularly appreciate the one-month management orientation training. Not only am I introduced to the corporate’s businesses, I have been provided with training to enhance my business networking skills through different workshops. As I am a business major without any engineering background, the orientation has also helped me to pick up a lot of the technical learning in a short period of time. I am really excited about the steep learning curve I have experienced in Towngas!

Towngas

I am an outgoing person who enjoys participating in a lot of volunteering and events organized by the company, including challenging myself in the 5-day Outward Bound adventure and being the “junior master chef” at the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival 2016. As a Graduate Trainee, I often have the chances to take up responsibilities like being the emcee and the organizer of different events. Work is really dynamic and fun at Towngas!

Shawn Chan Sheung Yin

Shawn Chan Sheung Yin

MEng (Biochemical Engineering),
University College London

Shawn is currently under the HKIE Scheme “A” CML Discipline, and belongs to the New Energy Business.

Why did you choose to join Towngas?

Since a young age, I have always wanted to help improve the traditional energy business, which aligns with the vision and mission of Towngas. Towngas has a lot of exciting projects in different regions of China, including resource exploitation, liquefaction of coalbed methane, coal-based chemicals, and biomass energy. I wish to get more exposures at various chemical plants as to develop my engineering profession, and being the New Energy GT at Towngas is the best choice.

How’s your first 3 months as a Towngas GT?

From learning business etiquette to studying the gas production and supply chain, the first three months at the Hong Kong Core Business have provided me with comprehensive training that helps me to transit from an engineering graduate to the business world. Through attaching to different departments, I am more prepared for the upcoming 18 months attachment at the Mainland China.  

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November 15th, 2016

In just five years, GradConnection has made their mark in the Hong Kong graduate recruitment market as we look ahead to continued growth in 2017

Since expanding our footprint to the shores of Hong Kong (HK) in 2011, GradConnection HK has gone from strength to strength. As the graduate recruitment market continues to grow so do the number of students, employers, and universities that have partnered with GradConnection HK on the quest to match the right student with the right employment opportunity.

The growth and expansion of GradConnection HK has been exponential as the need for graduate recruitment continues to rise. Evident in the success of the numerous events, conferences, and website traffic that has occurred over the past five years, GradConnection HK has become a household name in the Hong Kong graduate recruitment market.

The pageviews alone on the GradConnection HK site has been particularly encouraging. Based on our Google Analytics data, for the months of September to November 2016, the number of unique pageviews are up by 236.91% compared to the same period in 2013. From 117,265 unique pageviews in 2013 to 391,277 in 2016 (Peak Graduate Recruitment Season), just shows how much of the Hong Kong graduate recruitment market we have in fact reached over a somewhat short period of time.

As 2016 draws to a close, GradConnection HK is excited about what lies ahead. With our GradConnection Campus product having been launched this year we are expecting big things in 2017, as we aim to use the international student jobs portal to increase returnee students’ employability outcomes. If you would like to get in touch contact Tony Ye, GradConnection Director ([email protected]) or click here for more information.

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November 15th, 2016

GradConnection Campus is enabling universities to bridge the gap between returnee students studying around the world and top employers

GradConnection, in partnership with many of the top universities around the world, has launched GradConnection Campus. This online job vacancy platform has been developed specifically with returnee students in mind and is conveniently located on the associated universities websites.

Aware of the tremendous need for improved employability outcomes for international students studying in Australia, the USA and the UK, GradConnection is excited to be working alongside the various universities by providing access to top international job opportunities.

International and domestic students will be able to easily apply for jobs all around the world by conducting either a general job search or a more extensive one, using the filter option, based on the student's’ country of citizenship or working rights.

In the UK over half (58.0%) of all full-time postgraduate students were from outside the UK, according to HESA, and 46.3% were from outside the EU. The 2014/2015 figures show that among undergraduate students from outside the UK, the highest proportions came from Asia (42.7%).

Again similar results are true in the US, with Chinese students at the top of the list. According to Project Atlas, 304,040 students enrolled from 2014-2015 making up 31.2% of the total student population.

Interestingly, Australia has the largest percentage of international students studying onshore at 35%, followed by the UK with 22%, and 15% in the USA. Of the current 348 000 students in Australia, 40% say that they would like to stay and work once they have completed their studies. However, despite the fact that 17% of employers accept international student applications, only 1% are hired and are able to stay in the country. Unfortunately for the 40% of students who want to stay, it is not always possible and we, at GradConnection, need to support them on and offshore.

International organisations who hire students studying abroad could technically fill their entry-level positions from domestic sources, however, they have seen the value in students who have studied within Western institutions. Having gained a cross-cultural experience, as well as good English communication and language skills, these students are of great value to international employers. Without having to worry about visa or work-rights issues for their own citizens, these students are in high demand.

The University of Queensland Careers Service Manager, Daniel Capper, says that the platform highlights graduate opportunities in their home country, provides direct links to applications and identifies international employers who are actively recruiting. He adds that the resource addresses a gap that previously existed for international students who are away from their home country and may feel somewhat disconnected.

GradConnection Campus, alongside the partnered universities, will be giving international employers and students a centralised job source. Backed by our extensive GradConnection global employer network, this innovative platform is the link that has been missing between top international organisations and students studying onshore from around the world.

If you would like to get in touch contact Tony Ye, GradConnection Director, ([email protected]) or click here for more information.

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THE FACEBOOK EFFECT

Posted by Nikki Barnard

November 15th, 2016

Facebook has become a powerful tool in the Hong Kong and Singapore graduate recruitment market and our Facebook pages are no exception

According to Statista, the number of Hong Kong Facebook users is expected to reach 3.7 million in 2019, compared to the 3.4 million in 2016. There are only 7.3 million people in Hong Kong, which equates to around 48% of the current population using Facebook. Similar numbers are shown for Singapore with 2.9 million users on Facebook in 2016, which is around 52% of the 5.6 million population.

With numbers like that, it goes without saying that Facebook is a powerful social media tool able to reach a significant number of people, specifically for us, students and employers.

Knowing the influence that Facebook has, we launched our Hong Kong and Singapore Facebook pages three years ago and have since then had an extremely positive response. For both the pages, the information loaded has far reaching effects with an impressive 30,000+ followers on our Hong Kong page and 16,000+ following the GradConnection Singapore page.

With valuable posts available such as graduate and internship programs, recruitment talks and the like, the GradConnection Hong Kong and Singapore pages are there to equip and inform, particularly students, on the news and happenings from our partnered employers. With an average of 2,000-4,000 views per post on both the Hong Kong and Singapore pages, the content loaded hosts and impressive audience.

Always on the lookout for the most effective methods of communication, GradConnection’s Hong Kong and Singapore Facebook pages have grown to become a respected and significant cog in the graduate recruitment process, valued by both students and employers.

If you would like to get in touch contact Tony Ye, GradConnection Director, ([email protected]) or click here for more information.

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Hang Seng Bank

Posted by Hang Seng Bank , Hang Seng Bank (Hong Kong), HR

June 30th, 2016

"My Career, My Preferred Way
CANDY WOO
Management Trainee, Hang Seng Bank (Retail Banking & Wealth Management)
BBA (Operations Management & Management)

Attracted by the industry nature and the company culture

Two years ago, when I was still a final year student busy working on numerous projects and preparing for loads of exams, I did not have a clear idea what I would like as a career. However, I had a strong desire to work in a company which allowed continuous development and had a family-like culture. Therefore, I applied for the Hang Seng Bank Management Trainee (MT) Program. I was shortlisted and went through several phrases of interviews, including a group interview with nine other candidates and a panel interview with a few senior executives. I am very grateful to have finally got the job, joined the company and started my career in banking. I don’t have any regrets.

In my opinion, the banking industry is both very challenging and interesting, and this has inspired me to join the industry. It is not solely about money, figures and financial statistics. There are various specialties within the industry, such as corporate banking and retail banking. You can have the chance to work with different experts, gain knowledge from different units and broaden your horizons. Meanwhile, since technology is advancing rapidly these days, digital banking is becoming more and more popular.

During my placement in the digital banking division, I had a myriad of opportunities to learn new things and grow, seeing changes in the e-channel of Hang Seng Bank.

In order to get a dream job, one needs to understand what kind of person the company is looking for. Even within the same industry, the culture of two companies can be very different. Therefore, finding a company with a working atmosphere that fits your personalities would definitely be a plus when it comes to your career development. Besides, familiarize yourself with the industry and the company you want to work for by being tuned in to industry and company developments (such as through reading press releases). This will help you impress the interviewers and get hired eventually.

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A positive attitude counts

So far, the most challenging experience at work has been to take care of a campaign of a new initiative in the digital banking division, since it was in an area I was not familiar with. In overcoming difficulties, attitude counts more than anything. You should always be humble and not afraid of asking the seniors and managers questions whenever you are unsure about anything. It is also important to learn through observations, be proactive and embrace the challenges; work hard and put in as much effort as you can. Having a proactive attitude towards your job not only helps you face the difficulties, but also enables you to build a successful career. One should therefore possess a can-do attitude and be eager to learn.

What motivates me have been the chances to rotate in different divisions. Within the first 1.5 years of the MT Program, we have job rotations every three to six months. I have worked in five departments so far, from taking up frontline roles in a branch to a project management role in back office divisions. Through rotating in different departments, I have gained lots of invaluable experiences. Apart from acquiring new knowledge, I have had various chances to work with different people, both internally and externally, which has definitely built my professional network and enhanced my interpersonal skills. All these gains encourage me a lot and make me look forward to upcoming rotations and challenges.

Of course, during the rotations, there may be some jobs that I am not familiar with nor interested in. I will treat them as a chance to lay more solid foundations. Once I can do well even in those less exciting jobs, I believe I will definitely do better also in jobs that I like. Most importantly, you will have more confidence in yourself and your boss will also trust you more if you can handle even the less preferred tasks well. In short, when facing unpleasant tasks, I will try to turn the 'dislikes' into 'likes.

To live a university life to the fullest, I encourage students to treasure and enjoy every moment and opportunity they have. For me, I joined the international exchange program to the UK in Year 3. I was also a Rotaract Club committee member and interned for Lenovo. Determination and commitment are important. Cherish and be committed to every opportunity and even challenge. The more you are devoted to something, the more you would gain in the process.

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February 14th, 2013

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The best employers want to know what you value in your future career. Take part in The WetFeet Talent Insider View and let them know what you want from your future employer. Through your participation you can effectively impact what awaits you, when you complete your studies and enter the job market. Through it you will also realize what you should look into when choosing your career, as you will become more aware of your career preferences and goals.

Simply go to http://unisurv.co/hkss2013natpartners?reid=92 to take part.

By taking part you stand the chance to WIN awesome prizes, like an iPad, XBox, cameras, MP3 players and vouchers!

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December 17th, 2012

Deutsche Bank Blogging Challenge

Deutsche Bank Blogging Challenge

Now in its final month, the Deutsche Bank Blogging Challenge is where you can share your thoughts and stand a chance to win!

The December challenge is asking you to look to the future and tell us your thoughts on what will be the role of Asia in the new global financial landscape?

In the spirit of giving, the Deutsche team have some EXTRA PRIZES! That’s right, along with their ‘most votes’ prize of performance tickets, their judges will be sifting through all their challenge entries to find their pick of the season for the best entries across Singapore, Hong Kong and China. And for each of these three top entrants, the Deutsche team will have a new iPads mini to giveaway.

December is the month to make it count!

Visit dbbloggingchallenge.com

To help give you some ideas on how to start answering this months blogging challenge, here is one we've come up with ourselves, happy blogging!

Asia’s role in the new global financial landscape

After a volatile ten years, the world’s financial markets are seeing an unprecedented amount of change. The European Union and US markets have seen their fair share of tumult, and amid sweeping political change around the world, there are indications that a new order is taking shape.

The Asia-Pacific region is beginning to align into a more cohesive financial market. With a shift towards more harmonious market infrastructures, what was a previously a fragmented landscape of solo domestic environments is moving into a united entity. Mature, sophisticated markets that have existed side by side with young, emerging markets are now aligning into a regional structure. And while there are still questions about how individual market practices, regulatory traditions, economic priorities and infrastructures will come together, there is a definite trend towards a more holistic approach.

There’s also a question of how public policy and public institutions will move within this new heuristic. Recent examples have shown that some industry bodies are considering a regional, macroeconomic perspective, and while it’s too early to see if this trend will become a mandate, it’s certainly encouraging to see. Regionally coordinated approaches to currency trading are drawing focus, and while not yet representative of a common financial market infrastructure in Asia, these shifts could well be the first step.

The Asian Bond Market is another factor in an already challenging equation. The Asean+3 Bond Market Forum is exploring intra-regional coordination that enhances the visibility of markets, clearing the way for harmonisation across the clearing and settling of bonds. While this is an important step in establishing better infrastructure, it’s too early to tell what impact this will have on the world stage.

Learning from the established world markets, particularly those with standard regulations, can give the Asian market some great lessons. The EU has demonstrated time and again how collaboration between private and public entities can deliver universal gains, and strengthen market position. And as Asia’s position continues to solidify, substantial shifts are expected in both the reputation and prospects for workers throughout the region. Asia has a major opportunity to become an influencer in the global conversation towards harmonisation, but only once regional goals and ambitions are aligned.

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November 23rd, 2012

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank Blogging Challenge – November entries close 30 November

Our challenge question for October received some strong views on the banking industry and its efforts to restore society’s trust. Congratulations to Judy from NUS in Singapore for her winning post.

This month we’re looking for your thoughts on workplace diversity. What does diversity mean to you, and what contribution does a diverse workforce make to the successful performance of a business?

It’s your opportunity to tell us your thoughts and show your agile mind. Post your thoughts and gather votes from your friends for the chance to win tickets to a performance of your choice!

Visit dbbloggingchallenge.com to get your entry in today.

To give you some ideas on what your blog could look like, the GradConnection team have put together a blog on this months topic ourselves which you can read below, hope it helps and good luck blogging.

Diversity in the workplace

Diversity is inescapable. We exist in a world that contains an infinite number of stimuli, and we each react differently to those stimuli as individuals, based on our experiences, tolerances, personalities, environments and motivations. These reactions and responses make us unique, and so the social ecosystem in which we operate becomes a constellation of influences, based on those we surround ourselves with. We are exposed to new ideas, new viewpoints and new interactions by being exposed to people who are either more like us or less like us.

This has a big impact on business and workplace culture. Diversity, whether it is of gender, race, attitude or experience, creates an environment where ideological collisions are inevitable. Each person we meet brings with them a world more complex and drenched in experience than we can ever imagine, and when we collide with these worlds, neither party will ever be the same. Diversity creates dramatic contrasts, and these contrasts serve to strengthen us in a number of ways.

One of the most observable results of diversity in a culture is the increase in tolerance and positive behaviour. When humans create a cultural template and avoid diversity, an ‘us vs them’ social response is created. We create a tribal identity that fiercely excludes anyone who is different. By comparison, diverse collections of people tend to be more accepting, more able to see benefits in new ideas from others, and less antagonistic towards new additions to the culture. Diversity, by benefit of contrast, breeds the ability to see beyond one’s own world view, and take in a larger image of any situation or issue.

Diversity also allows organisations to recognise individual strengths and weaknesses more easily, and employ individuals more effectively when it comes to tasks. The contrast created by a wide spectrum of people and skills creates a level basis for comparison, which allows the peaks and troughs of people’s abilities to be easily identifiable against the organisational average.

However, diversity can be challenging for organisations that have an anecdotal bias towards a specific type of leader. For example, a corporate culture that is driven by a group of similar leaders can perceive this leader type as the template for success, rather than looking at why these leaders have made it to the top. As a result, leaders who do not match the historical template can opt out of the culture, or fail to make an impact in the organisation. Diversity requires more than just having different people – it requires an equality and open mind when it comes to recognising how those people’s talents can be harnessed for the good of the organisation.

Broader diversity – of race, gender, experience, attitude and aptitude – can clearly benefit an organisation that is able to harness the skills and experiences its people. As we move toward a more global workforce, exposure to a greater degree of ethnic and gender diversity is inescapable. And companies that adapt well to this shift, and use this contrast and constellation of new ideas to solve complex problems and drive business outcomes will thrive.

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