The mining sector is facing a pivotal moment: Stricter environmental standards, new technologies and the urgent need for more critical minerals needed for the green transition are bringing about a deep transformation. The sector has another urgent challenge: Gen Zs are just not interested. There is a disconnect that needs to be bridged as today’s mining industry is very different from what it was even a few years ago: Progressive environmental and social practices now top the agenda of leading mining companies. Increasingly, advanced technologies such as autonomous vehicles, digitalization, AI, ore sorting and remote operations are increasingly becoming the new normal. Across the world, while companies struggle to recruit younger talent, baby boomers are retiring and taking with them much relevant knowledge. Opportunity beckons. Today, careers in the sector combine purpose, facilitating the green transition, with many learning and rapid career advancement opportunities, as demand for talent is expected to exceed supply for many years. This panel’s aim is to show what modern mining is about, its role in the critical minerals supply chain and why it is a place where many Gen Zs will want to launch meaningful and fulfilling careers from.