Grad Recruitment Through The Years | Cram Time with GradConnection - Ep 5

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Ever dreamed of starting your own company? Are you start-up curious? In our final episode of Cram Time with GradConnection for the season, join GradConnection's Co-founder and General Manager, Dan Purchas to hear all about the importance of resilience when building your own company and having the confidence to reach out - even when you have zero credibility!

Plus, we take a walk down memory lane as Dan shares the story of how GradConnection came to be with a big helping hand from the rise of the internet.


(Jump to 00:43 to skip the intro!)  

02:41 Beginnings as a Westpac Grad - doing excel for old guys, managing IT projects and being seconded from NZ to Australia

04:15 GradConnection - The Origin Story

08:40 Have you heard of this thing called online job search?

10:05 Weta Digital, Lord of the Rings and ways employers advertised grad programs

11:00 Helpful naivety, zero credibility and the process of building a company from the ground up

14:01 What type of mindset do you need to launch a successful start-up?

14:43  Don't be scared to share - the importance of an iterative process

16:17 NewsCorp, SEEK and interested investors - is it too much too soon?

18:46 Is a grad job or internship on your Christmas wish list? (Quick Picks)

20:08 Goodbye phonebooks - the rise of the internet in graduate recruitment

23:54 Getting over the job search hurdle - changing student sentiments and how GC has helped

27:34 How our merge with SEEK helps you!

32:48 Should you accept your first offer? A higher salary ≠ a better position

34:38 We're all friends here - being a leader and the importance of fostering a great team culture

37:22 Hard lessons are part of the journey

39:27 Sneaker side hustles, 'bad' job advice and concluding plugs


Dan Purchas

Co-Founder and General Manager, GradConnection

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