Early talent career influences in the AI age

February 20, 2024

How are students and graduates navigating a shifting work and technological landscape?

Explore the significant influence of generative AI's impact on students and graduates in our first Handshake Network Trends Report with insights from 6000 students and graduates in Europe. Our research found 4 primary trends;

- The majority of students and graduates are not accessing careers support. Around 1 in 4 say they’ve received support to identify career paths aligned with their strengths and interests, and only 1 in 10 on developing a professional brand online. 

- Today's students and recent graduates are tapping into a diverse blend of digital and in-person networks for career support. In-person sources are highly trusted alongside social media video content, which is now used by 1 in 4 when choosing a career path.

- Work-life balance, employee reviews and progression are just as important as salary for early talent. Whilst a friendly and relatable team will make half of early talent more likely to accept an offer.

- Early talent is motivated to adapt to an AI-enabled workplace. Over half plan to develop new skills because of the emergence of generative AI tools like ChatGPT.

The study also evaluated how early talent feels about mental health benefits, hybrid work, and AI usage by employers and educators. Download and read the dedicated report for each country below;

Early talent career influences in the AI age

Einflüsse auf die Karriereentwicklung junger Talente im Zeitalter von KI

Booster la carrière des jeunes talents à l'ère del'IA