Generation Y: Realising the Potential

ACCA’s survey reports that most Generation Y finance professionals are concerned about the future and sufficient career development opportunities.


The young finance professional of the 21st century has a confident and clear vision of their career progression, demands job security and is motivated by money.


The research shows a generation of young finance professionals seeking aspirational and dynamic career paths, both inside and outside traditional mainstream finance careers.

It presents a wake-up call to employers of finance professionals to embrace the career aspirations of the youngest generation and offers dynamic career routes that capitalise on their finance skills, or risk losing future talent.

Key findings include:

  • Money matters: remuneration is important to this age group and they seek out competitive packages.
  • Experiential learning is crucial: employers and Gen Y themselves see experiential learning as key to developing the skills required of today's finance professional.
  • Be attractive, be different: employers need to put career development at the heart of their proposition to make them attractive to Generation Y.

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