Commitment – what does it really mean?

Commitment and integrity should go hand-in-hand.  Generationally, this doesn’t seem to hold true.


In recent years of running Growing Talent, I’ve noticed the younger applicants, or millennials as they are often termed seem to have an ‘instant’ mindset.  Which will not only be problematic to their future employers but to any meaningful relationship.


Through technology we have enjoyed instant gratification which has meant a total lack of appreciation!


If we want food, we can use an app and get something delivered quickly.  We don’t even need cash or a card to pay for it.  We can use our phones.  Do we appreciate that food in the same way as if we cooked it from scratch for ourselves?  Of course not.


Our weekly shop we can buy on line and get delivered.  Same with clothes, furniture etc.  Pretty much everything is instant.  How many times have we got substitutes in our orders we didn’t want or been disappointed in the quality of fabric etc in clothes etc ordered?


In addition the isolation this causes is also delivering serious problems with exasperated meal health issues.  Add in ‘working from home’ practices and these issues will only increase.  For the generations around before apps were the norm, there seems to be a better coping mechanism.  An appreciation that not everything is instant.


What’s prompted this piece?


Despite setting out criteria for taking part in Growing Talent, detailing the format and criteria in the Growing Talent Registration Form and again in the Agreement, those brought up in the instant, app for everything era – still expect to grow a career instantly!  On day 2 – despite not proving their commitment or reliability – one person continuously asked when they were going to be employed.


Are we brewing a generation who cannot commit, will not grow and nurture relationships instead want everything instant?


There is no app for an instant career or meaningful ‘real’ relationships.  These take time.  There are o shortcuts!


Where does it end?  Without commitment and integrity, what beholds us?

Growing Talent 18 – how has the first week been?

The first week training in their potential end jobs is always tough.  It’s about managing instant expectations and keeping the end goal in site – easier said than done for many!


After being unemployed – even for a short time – leaving the routine of your comfort zone takes courage, determination, tenacity and grit. Qualities that not everyone has.


So where are the Growing Talent 18 Associates ? & how have they got on?


Kam is working with the Portico team on their PwC accounts cross training in all areas at two sites in London – Charing Cross and London Bridge.  Based there with Kam is Alex…


Alex summed the first week as ‘so much to learn, but it’s really good – I made the right choice.’ Alex was in the lucky position of having a number of employers offer him provisional roles on Growing Talent.


Helen below is very happy working with the reception team at Regent Group in Wimbledon…..


‘The team are really friendly.  It’s different work to the world of corporate switchboard which I’ve been used to but I really like it and the travelling isn’t bad! Just an hour max door to door including all the walking to stations/interchanges etc.

‘The days are really long but I’m really enjoying it’ shared Tom above who is working with the Social Media team on video content.  ‘The days are really long as I’m in 7.45 to 8am each day but I’ve found a local part to go to each lunchtime’.


Leo had a tough week not least because he, by his own admission, is very impatient and want everything now!  Working with Scotscape – a living wall specialist, Leo is hands-on in his role


Mohammed, above, is learning the ropes with Acuity Services’ Elite Team.  The Elite Team are trained in all accounts to enable them to seamlessly cover holidays and sickness.  Mohammed is keen to get his teeth into something demanding responsibility.


Lastly AJ is learning to support Amrik – Talent Acquisition at Regent Group to deliver an exemplary service in securing and training the right talent to ensure Regent Group grow efficiently.


AJ’s a little camera shy so no photo!


The biggest transition for anyone one on Growing Talent to complete the programme and secure the provisional job offer is managing their ‘instant expectations’.  By this I mean, we are so used to getting everything we want ‘now’ without having to wait for it. Eg, order a takeaway on line and it’s delivered to your door, same with a weekly shop, clothes, maintenance equipment, furniture in fact just a bout anything.


However, two things you won’t ever secure instantly are meaningful relationships and a career! Both have to be worked at, nurtured and sustained.


Check back to see how the guys get on over the coming weeks……………