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As a Manager we all have to manage teams. Please share your thoughts on handling small team of young graduates with 0+ years of experience.
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Working with young graduates is fun, the trick is to understand them, be a good listener but you have to be a person they look up to in terms of experience and maturity that they lack. You should be able to push them, provide opportunity to excel but have fun with them, manage their emotions as well.
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1 reply by Ashutosh Trivedi
Dec 18, 2018 2:23 AM
Ashutosh Trivedi
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thanks for reply :)
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Dec 18, 2018 2:12 AM
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Working with young graduates is fun, the trick is to understand them, be a good listener but you have to be a person they look up to in terms of experience and maturity that they lack. You should be able to push them, provide opportunity to excel but have fun with them, manage their emotions as well.
thanks for reply :)
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Not all youngsters are the same. First one needs to have a 30min to 1 hr sitting and understand their strengths and areas of interest. later one can strategise how can they be involved in project team including activities/responsibilities
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Hi,

1- Communication
2- Training and Mentoring
3- Celebrate successes and failures
4- Set Goals
5- Value each role
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1 reply by Joao Sarmento
Dec 19, 2018 4:20 PM
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Seems practical and right :)
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Great opportunity to mold and steer into a positive direction, providing building blocks for success in their careers. Some areas I'd focus on; inquisitiveness, inclusivity, transparency, facilitation, elicitation, knowledge management, influence, etc. These are all attributes that can provide tools for success for any role.
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About young graduates, there are an important change in the software development industry, for exemple. In my country, we need more professionals than there are right now, and a lot of enterprises try to get them. Now, they feel needed and strong to demand a lot of things althought they have no experience. And it is very dificult to mantence the talent. We must be leaders, good leaders instead boss, and try to understand them, and build littlet by little the new scenary with them.
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Personally, I prefer sometimes to work with a team with no prior experience. In this way, I try to teach them from the very beginning the good practices. It is, of course, a huge responsibility, but if you really are a Project Manager you might take it.

I agree with Janeth, it is really fun to work with them and the most important is to understand their expectations. They are full of energy and vitality, they are an invaluable resource. In my experiences, they love always have challenges, but be careful with your instructions, they must be clear.
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Ashutosh -

Find out what makes them tick and incorporate that into their work. Remember that while they may not have experience, they usually have a high level of energy and enthusiasm, and the last thing you'd want to do is to frustrate them by micromanaging them or by giving them work which doesn't challenge them or help them grow.

Kiron
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I guess the old saying, treat others the way you would want to be treated if you were in the same position as them.
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It is useful to understand generational differences in communication styles. Younger employees are often more comfortable with emails and messaging than older counterparts and learning from both sides may be useful. As the leader, you need to be able to communicate effectively with them, and they also need to learn to deal effectively with others using more personal forms of communication such as by phone or in-person. I've had new engineers text me a question while sitting right next to me, or describe how they spent all day writing an email to someone that could have been handled in a 5 minute conversation.
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