How the UN is attracting and retaining millennials

A U.N. staff member during the 72nd session of the U.N. General Assembly. Photo by: Kim Haughton / U.N.

Employers across all sectors are increasingly aware of how millennials differ from previous generations when it comes to careers — both in their motivations and ambitions. The prospect of a lifelong career doesn’t have the same appeal for today’s young workforce and millennials are generally more interested in roles that offer flexibility or opportunities to see the world, or careers that will allow them to make a positive contribution to society.

While global development employers may not be able to compete with the salaries of the private sector, they do have a lot to offer to this type of millennial. Liz Huckerby, chief of integrated talent management at United Nations Development Programme, discusses some of the ways the U.N. is successfully attracting and retaining millennial talent.

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  • Emma smith

    Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Senior Careers Reporter at Devex, based in Barcelona. She focuses on bringing the latest career and hiring trends, tips, and insights to our global development community. Emma has a background in journalism and, in addition to writing for news publications, has worked with organizations focusing on child rights and women’s rights in sustainable development.