Studies suggest generational shift in employment experiences, attitudes

September 19, 2012
Studies suggest generational shift in employment experiences, attitudes

A recent study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) posits that many young people are now leaving college without the tools they need to start making their way up meaningful career ladders.

Ed Koc, a research director at NACE, asserts that there is simply a lack of preparation and more students should take advantage of their schools’ career centers and other resources.

“In a competitive job market, new graduates must be prepared to present themselves in a way that translates their academic accomplishments and knowledge to the skills and experience employers are seeking,” said Koc.

However, a separate study – performed by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder – highlighted several differences evident in younger generations, specifically pointing to evolving attitudes regarding communication and general work styles.

One of the main findings of this research was that younger workers are more likely to have a mindset that encourages them to “seize any opportunity,” rather than find a defined career ladder and commit to climbing it. This may help explain why graduates’ efforts are less geared toward the “traditional” employment experience.

However, with the much-discussed retirement of the Baby Boomers now in progress, it will clearly be critical for young workers to begin integrating into the corporate world more effectively.

Every business has unique needs as well as its own established organizational culture. New hires must fit in a company’s staffing situation while contributing to its success with their talents and ambitions.

However, finding a perfect fit can be challenging. Partnering with a recruitment firm can help a business assess its specific needs, contact and evaluate candidates and, ultimately, hire qualified professionals that will add value to the company and aid it in achieving current and future goals.

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