The retail brain drain?

From a recent RetailWire discussion about the ongoing difficulty hiring new management talent at major retailers. My take on the discussion has a different focus:

One of the underlying trends of the past decade making it harder to attract talent to retail in the first place is consolidation. There are simply fewer places to work, and even in today’s tough hiring climate for college grads there are several other industries that probably offer more long-term career mobility. (After all, today’s Gen Y worker expects to change jobs every five years or so, and is willing to do more job-hopping than his or her parents.) The retail employment model of thirty years ago — where every city had its own department store, with a well-established training program — was unsustainable over the long haul, but it did develop a fertile national pool of retail executives.

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