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Mark contributes weekly to Forbes.com, exploring careers, education, the millennial and Z generations, the skills gap, and workforce development. He brings a fresh perspective to the conversation about today’s younger generations and what they’re truly capable of in our changing economy and workforce. Check out his latest pieces below.

Gen-Z Was Keeping Coworkers At A Distance Long Before It Was Trending

Posted March 17, 2020 by Mark Perna Gen-Z and the Boomers are the two generations most averse to touch—and more—at work. Mark’s article, “Gen-Z Was Keeping Coworkers...

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Younger Workers Take Mental Health Seriously—And Employers Should, Too

Posted March 17, 2020 by Mark Perna Millennials and Gen-Z want workplace cultures that fully address the issue of mental health. Mark’s article, “Younger Workers Take Mental...

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Panasonic Talent Head Tina Slattery Talks Generation-Z

Posted March 17, 2020 by Mark Perna Millennial Tina Slattery, Panasonic’s director of talent acquisition, interviewed with Mark about recruiting and retaining today’s in-demand youngest workers. Mark’s...

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Surprise—Millennial And Gen-Z Workers Are More Loyal Than You Think

Posted March 4, 2020 by Mark Perna Millennials are job-hoppers, constitutionally incapable of remaining loyal to any one employer—or are they? Mark’s article, “Surprise—Millennial And Gen-Z Workers...

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$30k Deep In Student Debt, This Gen-Z Man Found A Way To Break Into Tech

Posted February 25, 2020 by Mark Perna Crippled by student loans, 24-year-old Amro Manaa applied for tech positions for nearly two years. Then—pay dirt. Mark’s article, “$30k...

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How A Young, Underemployed College Grad Finally Got The Breakthrough She Needed

Posted February 21, 2020 by Mark Perna Despite her hard-earned four-year tech degree, Gen-Zer Lliana Hwang was missing something: a real job—with a real salary. Mark’s article,...

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From Minimum Wage To Marketable Skills: How A Gen-Z Man Beat The Odds

Posted February 18, 2020 by Mark Perna Meet the Bronx’s 23-year-old Mohammad Khan—who catapulted from minimum wage to life-changing marketability. Mark’s article, “From Minimum Wage To Marketable...

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Younger Workers Say Show Us The Money—And They Mean Business

Posted February 18, 2020 by Mark Perna A new survey reveals that Gen-Z and Millennials are much bolder than their older colleagues when negotiating salary. Mark’s article,...

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Apprenticeship Is Back—And It’s About Time

Posted February 4, 2020 by Mark Perna It’s the hot new way to get ahead, but many parents and educators aren’t promoting it. Mark’s article, “Apprenticeship Is...

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Let’s Make Students Career Ready—Period

Posted February 3, 2020 by Mark Perna For the sake of younger generations, we must ditch the college-then-career narrative. Mark’s article, “Let’s Make Students Career Ready—Period,” published...

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