Picking the Late Bloomers

By Mark Vickers

In North America, the older members of "Gen Y" are already headed into their mid-20s. As they forge new careers and create new markets, they are rightly getting a lot of attention from companies. But before this new generation comes into its own, companies should look a little harder at another group, one that gets much less attention and doesn't even have a proper name.

We could term them "late bloomers." They aren't so much a generation as they are a type. They tend to be a little older (let's say, mid-30s on up), experienced, smart and willing to try on new roles. They're not employees who have been on - or at least stayed on - the fast track. But a certain enthusiasm and even ambition makes them attractive candidates to take on important jobs or projects.

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