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Mark contributes weekly to, 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.

Why Financial Literacy Isn’t Gen Z’s Sweet Spot—Yet

Posted September 18, 2022 by Mark Perna

Being debt-averse is not enough. Gen Z needs to understand the big picture of personal finance and investing if they want to thrive.

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Every Person On My Team Is A Quiet Quitter. Here’s Why We’re Thriving

Posted September 17, 2022 by Mark Perna

Quiet quitting is not just how employees take back their lives. It’s how companies thrive for the long term.

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Why Blue-Collar Work Can Give Gen Z A Fresh Competitive Advantage

Posted September 4, 2022 by Mark Perna

Little to no education debt, low barrier to entry and a great career that stretches their skills: blue collar fields are winning the hearts and minds of Gen Z.

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3 Reasons People Are Unhappy At Work And How Redefining Success Can Help

Posted September 1, 2022 by Mark Perna

Too many people are dissatisfied with their professional lives—and it shows. It’s time for a fresh take on the traditional definition of career success.

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How To Negotiate Your Salary On This Side Of The Great Resignation

Posted August 22, 2022 by Mark Perna

Salary negotiation during a recession is still a thing—but you may need to rethink exactly what you’re negotiating for.

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How Much Will Parents Invest In Their Kids’ Education? “All Bets Are Off”

Posted August 15, 2022 by Mark Perna

A new study finds that parents are rethinking their education spending in a fast-changing world: less on school supplies and more on tuition.

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3 Reasons Having A Creative Passion Can Save You From Workaholism

Posted August 7, 2022 by Mark Perna

What you do with your 5–9 can have a powerful impact on your 9–5. Here’s how.

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Engineer A Winning Attitude At Work With These 7 Critical Soft Skills

Posted August 4, 2022 by Mark Perna

It’s not so much what you do at work, but how you do it. These 7 soft skills can engineer a winning attitude at work—and beyond.

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Workforce Credentials Are Going Digital. Here’s Why This Helps Everyone

Posted July 31, 2022 by Mark Perna

How do digital credentials fit into a rapidly changing workforce? Two experts weigh in.

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Employees Want More Friends At Work. Why Aren’t They Finding Them?

Posted July 24, 2022 by Mark Perna

New research reveals that the lack of human connection is not just a remote work issue. It’s a culture problem—and it’s probably hurting your company.

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