Research on the current generation of school leavers has found that some of their defining traits include a greater ambition, an entrepreneurial mindset and a desire for self-direction—all traits which can make them particularly hard to retain early on in their careers. So, what strategies should employers use to retain talent in this new generation of young workers?

In recent years, the millennial generation—those born between 1981 and 1996—has received significant attention in the media, prompting all sorts of discussions about making workplaces “millennial-friendly”. And while millennials make up a significant portion of the workforce, recent school leavers belong to a new generation entirely: Generation Z.

Admittedly, it is difficult to generalise and draw a definite line between generations, but recent research does...

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