The Millennial Generation is quickly taking over the American workforce as the predominant majority. However, surrounding the Millennials are several negative misconceptions and stereotypes, some true and others not so much. Despite these misconceptions and stereotypes about the Millennial Generation, they continue to prove themselves to be one of the most determined and hard-working generations in the workforce.
Although not all Millennials share the same opinions on everything, there are quite a few values that they all have in common. For example, the majority want to inspire social change in the world, and believe that they could actually be the generation that changes the world. They also believe that flexible work hours, rather than the typical 9-5 job, better motivates them to be engaged in their work. They are not asking for less hours or to be able to work from home on a daily basis, but instead they prefer to mix it up occasionally and try different things. A final aspect that Millennials value today is having an excellent work-life balance, ensuring that they are not constantly working and missing out on the daily adventures of life.
According to an article in Business News Daily, Top 20 Dream Employers for Recent Grads, the top industries for recent graduates to enter into are in the health and medicine field and the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field. This is likely because the majority of the Millennial Generation is very tech savvy and wants to push themselves to continue to learn new technology even after graduation. Some of the top employers in the health and medicine field are St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Mayo Clinic. The top employers in the STEM field are Google, Apple, and the FBI.
The Ideal Corporate Culture
Corporate culture is a very important aspect of the decision-making process when Millennials are evaluating which companies to work for. It is a common misconception that Millennials will always choose the job with the higher paycheck and the most time off; however, Millennials are more likely to choose the job with the company that offers flexible work hours, the opportunity to develop both personally and professionally, and shows a strong desire to inspire social change in their business practices. Corporate culture plays a major role in the decision-making process for any individual, especially the newer Millennial Generation, because in order to be happy with your overall life, you must be happy with your job and the company you work for every day.