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Young Professionals Are Individuals, Not Just a Category

While the A&D Young Professionals (YP) Study indicates the industry is doing a good job of keeping top talent once YPs are hired, it’s important to note that the reasons someone changes a job are as varied as each individual.


This year’s study found that few of the YPs were interested in leaving A&D, but they were interested in advancing their careers, investing in their learning/education and pursuing new challenges.



Leading people as individuals requires understanding, individually, what work/life balance means and developing options for those with or without spouses, children or family nearby.


It is key to create opportunistic learning systems—beyond degree programs and courses—that are individually driven and help people upgrade skills or reskill entirely.


Promotions continue to be the primary means of recognizing talent and thus remain the primary imperative for retention.