30% of Millennials rank meaningful work as the single most important measure of a successful career.
You need young talent to keep your business competitive, but many hiring managers don’t really understand the generation now entering the workforce. Researchers Sanja Licina and Alexandra Levit say the Great Recession reshaped expectations and goals for workers aged 21 to 31, and that this younger cohort may have different priorities than their older colleagues when it comes to key variables such as income and job satisfaction. A study by Licina and Levit for the Career Advisory Board looks at these new definitions of success, and addresses the gaps in understanding between the people doing the hiring and the ones looking for work; it finds several points of agreement as well. The report also discusses strategies for young workers to help them get ahead in the new business environment. The survey of 500 young people and 523 hiring managers who work with Millennials was conducted by Harris Interactive for the Career Advisory Board and DeVry University; to see a white paper on The Future of Millennial Careers, click here.
Ed Cone has worked as a contributing editor at Wired, a staff writer at Forbes, a senior writer for Ziff Davis with Baseline and Interactive Week, and as a freelancer based in Paris and then North Carolina for a wide variety of magazines and papers including the International Herald Tribune, Texas Monthly, and Playboy. He writes an opinion column in his hometown paper, the Greensboro News & Record, and publishes the semi-popular EdCone.com weblog. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Lisa, two kids, and a dog.
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