Most millennials want a different job

Published: Friday, July 5 2013 9:42 a.m. MDT

A recent study shows 53 percent of millennials aren't engaged in their jobs at all and approach their work with the kind of detachment one would expect at a temporary position.

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Roughly 80 percent of workers in their 20s say they want to change careers, according to a survey by Harris for the University of Phoenix.

“Right now, those emerging adults … have really high expectations of both life and their jobs,” Jason Notte wrote Wednesday on MSN Money. “They’re willing to do what it takes to get to those fulfilling gigs later.”

MSN Money also reports that 53 percent of millennials aren’t “engaged in their jobs at all” and approach their work with “the kind of detachment one would expect at a temporary position.”

Some observers of the millennials' lifestyle are concerned that this could be a sign of a rocky future for employers trying to find fresh twenty-somethings taking a job for the long haul.

“So what would all this job-hopping do for young workers’ careers?” writes Forbes’ Jeanne Meister. “For applicants, job instability on a resume could come at the cost of the dream job.

“Talent acquisition managers and heads of human resources make a valid case for their wariness of resumes filled with 1-2-year stints,” she continued. “They question such applicants’ motivation, skill level, engagement on the job and ability to get along with other colleagues.”

While Meister expresses concerns over “job hopping,” she believes the solution is for employers to approach these new cluttered resumes with an open mind.

“Before dismissing a scattershot resume, consider the context,” Meister says. “It may demonstrate ambition, motivation and the desire to learn new skills more than it shows flakiness."

Other writers such as Max Nisen at Business Insider also argue that new employers need to be more understanding of the millennials' career attention deficit.

“Staying at a job that you're not happy with is a disservice to yourself because you're unlikely to improve all that much at it,” Nisen wrote in May, also adding that it’s a disservice to the employer because “they have a disengaged employee who knows that they don't intend to be there for the long-run.”

The millennial generation has been a fascination to the news cycle lately, with advertisers reportedly targeting them in explicit and creative ways and researchers obsessing over their behavioral patterns.

“We’re likely the product of the instant feedback, instant gratification, instant meme online world we as a generation have always lived in,” self-identified millennial Brian Havig writes in Forbes. “(But) the truth is, the feeling of entitlement isn’t new or even exclusive to Generation Y. All customers are entitled. Generation Y is just the first to realize it.”

JJ Feinauer is a graduate of Southern Virginia University and an intern for the Moneywise page on DeseretNews.com. Email: jfeinauer@deseretdigital.com, Twitter: @jjfeinauer.

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