When we are having a moment of crisis, a good few of us will invite ourselves over to our parent’s homes to discuss our upcoming life choices. Within the ‘parent’ job description, it will read somewhere that they also take on the role of being your very own personal therapist and the best bit is it’s free. Unlike a therapist though, they will have no qualms sharing their opinions and you won’t always like the advice they give you.
Talking to your parents about any career crisis that you may be having, can be a rather tricky conversation to navigate, especially when your father tells you he’s been at his company for ‘over twenty years’. Twenty years? Actual shudders at the prospect of being anywhere for twenty years. So then trying to reason with your parents and yourself, after a year and a half, you’re ‘ready to move on’ can be difficult. You’re met with the following (usually):
- You need to show you’re serious about work
- You need X amount of years under your belt
- Grow up and face reality
Those are the general three and depending on how many glasses of wine your father has, he may bang his fist on the table and proclaim ‘back when I was young’ as you glaze over and regret seeking parental therapy. However, the stats don’t lie- we (Generation Y) like to job-hop- with six out of ten of us being open to new opportunities. It begs the question why? And equally is it such a bad thing?
It is not a priority of ours to be in a company for twenty years, as the traditional incentive is no longer there. In the past, employees were invested in their companies knowing that if they proved their loyalty, they would be well looked after, with the bonus of a pension. Having a pension tied in with your job is no longer a given. Our wants are different now. We aren’t necessarily swayed by the prospect of more money, rather we would rather do a job we find fulfilling and meaningful. We would rather use our skills, develop more skills and feel needed. We would rather feel we have a purpose than have a pension. We would rather feel challenged than feel chained to a job that doesn’t stimulate us.
Is it bad to want more? Absolutely not. We are a generation empowered to take our growth and careers into our own hands and will not hang around waiting for anyone else to do it for us. This in turn, receives a lot of bad press. Selfish, lazy and entitled are the general words that can be associated with millennials. The fact of the matter is the times are no longer as they once were. We are products of the birth of the digital age. With social media now being at the heart of a lot of what we do, we in a sense, speak a totally different language to generations previously. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on who is reading this, this means that in order for companies to retain their millennial work force, it does mean a change in work order. Millennials see their work as an extension of who they are, so are drawn to companies that offer a compelling working mission and vision for why they do what they do. Our social responsibility is at the forefront of a lot of the choices that we make and if we believe we are working for a company that is purpose-driven and seeks to make a positive impact, you can be confident that we will want to work for you.
Our career progression is important to us and we don’t like to feel that it is being stunted for whatever reason. ‘Don’t run before you can walk’, is perhaps what our older contemporaries may reason. Agreed. However, to combat this, fuel our want to learn more and give regular feedback and encouragement. Pff a generation that needs to be babied. Or from another perspective, a generation that wants their efforts to be recognised, in order to produce the best work for your organisation, in order for it to thrive.