Have you been noticing differences between your parents' view of a "good job" and your own? Do you find that there are differences in expectations and values between Millennials and other generations, especially in the workplace? Me too, and this is what I've been experiencing in my practice.
Recently, I've had several clients in high school express their fears about graduating, attending college, and career planning. Of course this all seems like pretty normal teenage stuff, especially because graduating and moving out of parents houses is a huge transition.
What continues to stand out to me about these clients is not that these young adults are anxious about "leaving the nest" or getting good grades in college or making new friends, but they are concerned that they will never be able to find a job that they love. Why does this matter? And why is this different than other generations?
First of all, Millennials are usually defined as someone born in the early 1980's to early 2000's. As someone who falls into this category, let me tell you that I have a completely different view of what a job or career should look like compared to my parents, and most definitely my grandparents. I have also seen a huge difference in perspectives between young adults and older adults in my practice. What's the huge difference? Although I think there are many, these are a few that I've noticed in my practice.
One major consideration is that Millennials are hungry to make change. They are the leaders of the #MeToo movement, Black Lives Matter, and National School Walkouts to promote gun control. They want things to be more fair, and they want to feel safe. But on top of all of all that, they want to go to work and do something that they feel passionate about. Why? Maybe because trends have changed, and it's no longer frowned upon to get a degree in Art History, Sociology, or another degree that was previously labeled as "useless" or "more difficult to obtain a job" post-college. Millennials want to feel they are making a difference while also going to a job they love every day. From what I've heard from clients, friends and colleagues, a lot of Millennials would give up a higher salary in order to have a job they are passionate about. They also want a career that allows more flexibility, creativity, and positive relationships with colleauges.
One thing to consider is a difference in how Millennials grew up (compared to older generations). Some of these young adults grew up as children with parents who were absent most of the time due to the high demand of their jobs, including long hours and extended time away from family. These kids probably had a stable upbringing (financially), but also lacked relationships with one or both parents due to the conflict between their career and time spent at home.
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