Paul Redmond

Paul Redmond

Employment & Generations Expert

Synopsis

One of the UK’s leading experts on generational theory and employment Paul explains the realities behind the hype when it comes to millennial expectations of work and employment. Looking across the generations he outlines the leadership, culture and strategies required to attract and develop the best talent.

Biography

Paul Redmond is one of the UK’s leading experts on generations, the future of employment, work and the workplace. With a background in educational sociology and graduate careers and student life he has spent over 30 years understanding the expectations and requirements of HR professionals, the labour market, and those entering employment for the first time.

The Director of Student Experience and Enhancement at the University of Liverpool, Paul is a key part of an increasingly competitive tertiary education market. He is noted as one of the leaders in the field of ensuring university graduates are prepared for the working world, and aware of what is expected and what is possible. His academic work covers generational theory, recruitment and employability, with a particular focus on the so-called millennial or Generation Y group.

By turns entertaining and insightful Paul reveals the realities and dissects the myths around millennial expectations. He looks beyond and before to Baby Boomers, and Generations X and Z examining the differences and the similarities and preparing those who need to work with and for these groups with apparently very different views and ambitions. He considers the multigenerational workplace, and how each group needs to relate to, motivate and understand the other. He sees the limitations of those motivated by money trying to manage those motivated by learning and experience, whilst in the middle are those confused by both. In an environment of freelancing, tasks instead of careers, and the rise of the zombie job (the unthinking, process-driven role potentially at most risk from automation) Paul looks at the culture, leadership, strategies and people organisations need. He also looks at the nature of work in a world of increasing automation.

Paul is the author of numerous books including Talking about my Generation and A Parent’s Guide to Graduate Jobs. He contributes to a number of publications including The Economist, The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and many company in-house and trade publications. A frequent contributor to radio and TV programmes, Paul worked on the BBC documentary looking at the impact of social class on the graduate job market, Who gets the best jobs?

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