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Mission Driven: General Motors

December 19, 2023

Deliver Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions, Zero Congestion

By: Ron Hart

We are living through one of the greatest technological revolutions in history. It has changed how we dine and travel, how we shop, and how we work. General Motors aims to lead this transition, inspired by our vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.

Bringing this vision to life requires a unique talent pool. That’s why we’ve built a robust early career talent strategy focused on attracting and retaining a workforce that’s diverse, agile, and capable.

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Ron Hart

We hear it again and again at college campuses, job fairs and surveys: Young people want their work to matter. It will at GM. From developing algorithms to enhance autonomous driving and vehicle safety to engineering features for future electric vehicles, GM early career professionals are reimagining a new generation of mobility.

Our attraction strategy focuses on virtual and in-person student outreach across 1,100 universities in the U.S. and Canada. Our expansive reach contributed to hiring diverse, qualified talent from 500 universities in 2022. This equitable approach differentiates GM from many competitors.

GM also has paid internships, co-op and entry-level rotational programs to offer early career professionals hands-on-experience and opportunities to learn new skills for after graduation. The most well-known success story is our own Chair and Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra who began as a co-op student.

Once talent arrives, we help them feel part of the GM team. Our Jumpstart Employee Resource Group connects young professionals with team members globally to share experiences, build relationships and develop career skills. Whether it’s a virtual happy hour or local summer picnic, this group has fun!

Beyond relationships, young talent tells us they want to grow and advance their careers. GM offers dedicated mentorship, tuition assistance for ongoing education and career development programs to foster continuous learning. GM also encourages movement within departments to allow exposure to roles and responsibilities without having to leave
to gain experiences.

Whether someone has a year of experience or 20, we are committed to driving the world forward, together.

Ron Hart is the Executive Director of Global Talent Acquisition at General Motors.