In a latest ballot, we requested our LinkedIn followers, “Is your present position associated to what you went to highschool for?” Of the 152 respondents, the outcomes are as follows:

  • 59% – No, had a change of path
  • 37% – Sure, and I nonetheless find it irresistible
  • 4% – Sure, however contemplating a change

Properly, over half of the respondents are at the moment in a task unrelated to their training. The truth is, 50% of our workforce at Walrath Recruiting is at the moment in a task unrelated to their instructional background. What this tells us is that these 89 folks (or 59%) got a chance that allowed them to develop outdoors of their unique plan. Whether or not that was an employer giving them an opportunity in a brand new position by which they could have had no expertise or an employer taking an curiosity in them and offering a chance to cross-train.

Many employers are on the lookout for a candidate with a (very) particular skillset for which they could provide no different consideration. In fact, there will probably be some roles that require related expertise or a selected instructional background. Nonetheless, there are different positions (perhaps lower-level roles) the place an employer ought to search a person with desired traits (i.e., motivation, drive, dedication). You may educate anyone find out how to scan a doc or examine the mail – no expertise is required. It’s the hassle that you simply put into that worker that makes the distinction.


Let’s discuss cross-training.

The primary goals of cross-training are:

Enhance an worker’s skillset

Enhance flexibility throughout the group

Assist your staff to raised perceive how the enterprise operates on a number of ranges 


If you spend money on them – they’re extra prone to provide their loyalty in return. The concept of cross-training Is to empower staff to supply help from throughout the firm as an alternative of outsourcing or overloading one group of staff throughout hectic instances. Except for Elevated worker motivation, some main advantages of cross-training are higher productiveness and return on funding, elevated worker engagement, and an agile and future-ready firm.

We frequently discover candidates who’re comfortable of their present position however are actively looking for alternate employment because of an absence of progress. The aim when accepting a task is to fulfill the quick wants, after which develop past them. No one needs to really feel stagnant. Even your happiest worker will search alternate alternatives if they start to really feel bored.

Offering alternatives for cross-training might be additional mentioned throughout quarterly critiques when an worker feels stagnant and is looking for extra from their employer. It doesn’t should be an development inside their division. Cross-training can and ought to be interchangeable. The concept is to coach staff in particular duties. Begin small and develop massive.

Probabilities should be taken to see achieve – and If you happen to aren’t keen to take an opportunity along with your worker – anyone else will. You probably have an worker who is keen to be taught and needs to develop – assist them! We will agree these staff are few and much between and if you happen to miss the chance now, who is aware of when it’ll come again round?


For additional help in your job search or your seek for certified candidates, please contact Walrath Recruiting at (518) 275-4816.