Saturday, June 10, 2006

2558 What Gen-Y wants

"For young people, a good job means doing something you love... For youth seeking work, the most important factor, by far, is finding a job they enjoy (60 percent). Others say the most important factors are making a good amount of money (17 percent) and having an opportunity to advance (11 percent). Despite a national discussion on health care and Social Security, youth do not worry about good health benefits (3 percent) or retirement benefits (1 percent) when looking for a job. For youth, a job they enjoy does not include traveling; in fact, a majority calls travel one of the least important factors in a good job (55 percent). This generation, at least for now, seems fairly well sheltered from the economic downturn of the past several years," Read the rest at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner report on MySpace Generation. (four parts so far)

Not to worry. Once they start applying for mortgages, having a family, experiencing a major illness or sensing some emptiness in that "job to love," their priorities will change. They might learn that the only way to move ahead in the "job they love" is to move into management, and telling other people what to do wasn't on their "to do list." Life happens.


Gypsy Moth said...

55% do not want to travel?? At the very least that's sad. Across the state, across the country or around the world . . . it is another of education.

I suppose it's because I traveled the world for 25-30 years but I cannot imagine a full life without travel in there somewhere. To me it would be like hearing one side of a story.

If you were to ever drink the water from a glacier in Alaska, have a casual lunch in Plaka at the foot of the Acropolis or watch the most beautiful sunsets in the world over the vastness of central Argentina I would only hope that that 55% might change their mind. The world is just too big and interesting to close ones eyes to it.

Norma said...

I think they mean it's not an important issue in a career choice--not that they wouldn't travel for leisure. Travel as a condition of employment might be a negative for many if it meant being away from family.