A Roadmap For Early Professionals Development: Step-by-Step Guide

By Pratheeksha Mani

June 26, 2022

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Young first-time employees, freshly out of college and new joiners with just a couple of years of experience under their belt, are among the most valuable HR resources for any organization. With great enthusiasm to learn, idealistic principles, and the willingness to put in their best, these early professionals have the potential to be molded into great future thought leaders who might one day lead the organization. 

Leveraging an effective onboarding process, the right training programs, and ongoing managerial support, a company can ensure a productive long-term association with talented new joiners.

According to research conducted by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), organizations providing comprehensive training programs to their staff have 218% higher income per employee than organizations that don’t. However, many organizations fail to bank on the potential of training these early professionals. 

Why Do Some New Joiners Falter in Their Careers?

Despite having performed brilliantly in college, many young graduates are unable to leverage the opportunities available to them in their place of employment and fail to become valuable assets to the organization. Why does this happen? 

1. Insufficient Training 

Doing well in academics is no guarantee of success in the professional arena. Often, new joiners have little to no exposure to the ground realities of working in a corporate setting, and this reflects in their poor performance.

An easy way to tackle this issue is to provide effective training to your new employees to prepare them to take up organizational responsibilities. As many as 1 in 3 employees say their organization’s training is outdated.

2. Lack of Motivation

Some new joiners are full of enthusiasm when they start working for your organization but gradually lose motivation with time. This could happen due to several reasons, many of which can be resolved with special training programs and clear-cut communication.

3. Inefficient Leadership

If your organization’s leadership is incapable of conveying the company’s vision, mission, and long-term goals to the employees, they are likely to be confused and feel directionless. They may not be able to perform efficiently if they do not receive proper guidance. 

Importance of Early Professional Development Program 

Implementing an effective onboarding process and providing new joiners with adequate training in foundational skills can greatly benefit both the employees and the organizations.

The importance of an effective training program can never be overestimated. A Dale Carnegie survey has found that organizations with well-trained, engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%

Here is how a company can support its new employees and its own growth with well-planned training modules:

1. Boost Morale of Employees 

Well-trained employees are more likely to feel confident about themselves and thus perform better in their jobs. According to a survey, 74% of employees felt that the lack of development opportunities was keeping them from reaching their full potential at work. 

2. Address Skill Gaps 

There is a high probability that new employees may not possess all the skills required to do the job efficiently. This necessitates the implementation of a training program to address the learning requirements of the employees.

According to a study, 40% of employees who don’t receive the requisite job training to perform efficiently will leave the job within a year. 

3. Improve Performance

A good training program helps hone your employees’ skill sets by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to do the job and teaches them how to manage their weaknesses. This, in turn, leads to better performance and increased productivity.

4. Enhance the Company’s Image

In a survey, 76% of employees stated that companies that offered skills training to their staff are more appealing. In the US alone, 61% of adults seek career development opportunities when considering a new job. Thus, providing training programs to employees enhances the company’s image and makes it a more alluring place to work at. 

Get Started With an Effective Onboarding Program

While many organizations have a few employee onboarding programs in place, not many of them are able to provide tailored, comprehensive skills training programs that specially cater to the requirements of the new joiners.

Here is how you can implement a customized training program for all your employees:

1. Establish Your Training Goals 

The training needs of your new joiners differ considerably from those of your more seasoned employees. Identify the unique training requirements of your new employees and establish your goals accordingly.

2. Build a Training Plan

Once you have earmarked your training goals, start building a training plan to achieve these goals. Plan out training modules for each goal and determine measurable and specific training outcomes for each module. 

3. Create the Training Content

Decide whether you’ll be providing hands-on training, online training, or a hybrid model combining the two. Content creation for different types of training calls for expertise, and you can avail the services of professional corporate training consultants.

4. Track the Progress and Improvise 

Training programs are dynamic in nature and can always be improvised for more efficiency. Track your employees’ progress over the duration of the training program and make changes as and when required. Measure the progress against the goals set to check if the training is effective or not.

Closing Thoughts

Implementing specialized training programs for new joiners to equip them with adequate knowledge and confidence to do their work efficiently is a mandatory step no organization can afford to ignore.

AntWalk’s Activate training program comes with tried-and-tested modules to ensure that your new joiners are onboarded smoothly and effortlessly trained to face their corporate responsibilities with confidence and poise.

Pratheeksha Mani

Having a background in both Commerce and English Literature, Pratheeksha enjoys writing on a wide variety of subjects ranging from marketing to lit-blogs. Besides writing, she loves dwelling deep in the areas of existentialism and psychological realism.

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