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Early Engagement Initiatives: A Conversation with Greg Share of Ernst & Young
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MPACE Spotlight - October 2017

Early Engagement Initiatives:

A Conversation with Greg Share of Ernst & Young

 

 

Greg Share of Ernst & Young (EY) was gracious enough to speak with me recently about his organization’s early engagement efforts.  After asking him many questions about EY’s strategy and approach for their early initiatives, I came away with a greater understanding of the intent of the programs as well as what I can do as a college career services professional to help support students interested in these types of employer efforts.

 

MPACE: Please tell me about your organization’s early engagement initiative. 

Share: EY calls these “pre-ID” programs, the aim of which are to engage top candidates earlier and start building relationships, while also building brand awareness.  At this early stage, EY isn’t so much looking for technical skills or expertise, but rather a cultural fit.

 

EY has 2 specific “pre-ID” programs, including the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) and the Global Perspectives Conference (GPC).  The GPC is for freshmen to learn more about EY’s culture, global approach, and to build relationships.  EY recruits in the spring for both freshmen and sophomore programs.

 

MPACE: What is the importance of early engagement initiatives?

Share:  Our “pre-ID” programs recognize that some students are interested in engaging with employers early on in their academic experiences, and it enables us to build both brand awareness and relationships with students earlier.  Because these programs occur so early in a student’s college experience and emphasize relationship building and enhancing brand awareness, we’re aware that we may lose some students to other career paths because they’re still exploring.  It’s helpful for organizations to commit to the educational process and be on campus heavily if they’re going to engage in these early initiatives.

 

MPACE: What are the qualities you look for in 1st/2nd year students?

Share:  We’re looking for students who are curious, willing to learn, have some interest in our company and knowledge of the industry.  It’s helpful if they’ve done some research on the company, the industry, and the opportunities available, but they don’t have to have specific technical skills yet.  And we understand that they may still be exploring.

 

MPACE: Do you see any potential cons to earlier engagement?

Share: This is not a con per se, but sometimes juniors and seniors believe that all the slots are filled by these earlier engagement strategies, which is not true.  We still recruit at the junior and senior levels, and in fact, we still see a lot of value in nontraditional students and masters so we still recruit at those levels too.

 

MPACE: What should Career Center’s know about earlier engagement initiatives so that we can help our students prepare?

Share: EY’s strategy is to be on campus heavily, building brand awareness in the fall and recruiting for these programs in the spring.  Campuses can share these early initiatives and opportunities with students, empower them to apply, and encourage them to explore the numerous opportunities available to them.  They can also assist in conducting outreach to build awareness of these types of employer early engagement initiatives.

 

MPACE: Thank you Greg for telling us about EY’s early engagement initiatives and providing some tips on how we can all support these types of efforts on campus.

 

Bio line:

 

Greg Share is Campus Recruiter for EY in Southern California.  He can be reached at greg.share@ey.com or on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/gregoryshare/.

 

This Spotlight article was compiled by Michelle Mallen. She is an Assistant Director of Career Education at the University of California, Irvine and can be reached at mallenm@uci.edu or on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/michellemallen.


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