Definitions of talent are changing to address work-related challenges (e.g. aging workforce, increased globalization), as are the practices used to manage talent (e.g., recruit, develop and retain it). Recent research suggests that experiential and work-integrated learning (WIL) provided by post-secondary institutions can support organizations’ talent management practices.

Drawing on a series of interview data, this research investigated what ‘talent’ means and the role of the WIL in the talent pipeline. Results of this research detailed how employers differed in the skills they looked for in employees, but agreed on the necessity of a lifelong learning mindset. As a source of accessing talent, the paper explored how WIL therefore helps employers develop their talent pipelines.