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Last week, Frog Valley presented a Venture Capital-focused event at CAPCO with a panel of experts, looking to the year ahead. The panel comprised of Jeff Tijssen - Head of Fintech and Digital Partnerships at Capco; Gary Stewart -Director of Wayra UK; Cornel Chiriac - Managing Partner of London Venture Factory; and Fernando Valda - Investment Director at Nord Engine Capital. Below are the biggest takeaways from the evening.

Millennials.

It’s no secret that the future of the workforce rests in their hands. In fact, Millennials will comprise more than one in three adult Americans by 2020, with Forbes stating they will make up 75 per cent of the global workplace by 2025. There is no wonder why companies are feeling the pressure to evolve to include more flexible, transparent, and diverse cultures as more of these “digital natives” accept employment offers.

The Recruiting Tackle Box

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I like to go fishing. Yes, I enjoy going outside and catching fish with a rod and reel. "I thought this was a blog about recruiting," you are probably now asking yourself. Hold on, we will get there. The truth is, I spend more of my time fishing than I do catching. The same way I spend more of my time sourcing than I do hiring. That is the reality of it. Any angler will tell you that fishing is not easy (an honest angler will, at least). Believe it or not, fishing is an interesting hobby. It is a hobby that will take you places, show you things and above all teach you things. I have and continue to learn many of life’s lesson from my time spent fishing, and over the years it has become one of my passions.

The other night I attended Gold Coast Demo Day, which highlights the wonderful achievements in entrepreneurship in the South-East Queensland region. Entrepreneurship education has become a national priority and Gold Coast Demo Day is a great showcase of the avenues and resources that are there to support entrepreneurs of tomorrow grow their skills and knowledge through various training and mentor platforms available in the region.

Finding a new job can be a nerve-wracking and lengthy process. There is dating and swooning happening from both sides of the table. Candidates do their best to make a great impression and showcase their skills and expertise. Companies want candidates to believe that their company is the best place on earth to work (maybe it is), and that they have created a happy and humble environment. There is an underlying fear of rejection exhibited from candidates and companies alike. We all know how it feels to build your hopes up so high, only to have them come crashing down right in front of you. The decision to leave your old job, enter into the dating world, and hopefully settle down, doesn’t have to be a scary one.

Roller coasters for “fun”? No, thank you. For those of you who know me, I am not one to rush into line for a roller coaster. Don’t get me wrong, rides (think Indiana Jones at Disneyland) are a blast, roller coasters (think Tower of Terror at California Adventure), not so much. The feeling of having your life in the hands of some 16-year-old kid on summer vacation and having complete faith in some metal and bolts holding the entire structure together is unsettling. Roller coaster rides are similar to the ups and downs that we recruiters are all too familiar with in many ways. We have all dealt with the anticipation of finding the perfect candidate and working with them throughout the entire process, and dealing with the anticipation to help them over the finish line.