Overcoming Barriers to Shape Graduate Attraction & Retention, 2021 APAC Report



2020 presented a wealth of new challenges for Early Careers HR and L&D professionals worldwide as the effects of the pandemic resulted in a new way of working.

For graduates and interns, their overall experience was met with additional learning barriers raising concerns amongst L&D professionals.

Virtual learning comes with its own challenges, particularly around engagement. Finding the right “balance” in getting graduates desk ready and developing training programmes to accommodate the ‘new normal’ are the two most common challenges for Early Careers L&D professionals for the year ahead, according to our research.

In February 2021, we ran three Human-Centered Design (HCD) workshops with 29 L&D professionals from some of the biggest banks across Asia, to discuss their Early Career development challenges.

The report includes

This report summarises the common themes discussed in the workshops, together with research and our own data to allow you to be better equipped for learning and development in 2021 and beyond. Inside, you’ll find:

  • The observations of HR and L&D professionals among some of the biggest banks in Singapore, China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia, discussing the barriers that get in the way of their desired future state of graduate development.
  • Closing the learning gap using trends and need to get the right balance of skills training.
  • Using lessons from 2020 to inform development strategies for 2021, and how we move towards a new future of learning.


The Overcoming Barriers to Shape Graduate Attraction & Retention, APAC Report 2021 shines a light into the areas where support is needed to encourage graduate success. Although this report doesn’t have all the answers, it does equip L&D professionals with research and data to support development decisions for 2021 and beyond.

This helped us to conceptualise our thoughts when we were planning the structure of the coming summer programmes.

International Bank, Hong Kong


Full Name: *

Country: *

Company: *

Job Title: *

Email: *

This form collects your contact information so that we can correspond with you. Check out our privacy policy for more information about how we protect and manage your data.

The goal we share remains the same – to support the success and growth of each graduate and intern, as they learn, work, and thrive in this new environment.

Partners & Accreditations