Millennials, those born between the early 1980s and early 2000s, will account for 50 percent of the US workforce by 2020, and 75 percent of the global workforce by 2030. However, unlike previous generations, they do not see a job as a long term proposition.
Oddly, Millennials are more likely to list online skills such as blogging and social media optimization on their resume, but they are less likely to use job boards than older generations.
Millennials tend to have a high opinion of themselves. According to MTVs “No Collar Workers” study, a full 90 percent feel that a company is fortunate to have them, and 80 percent feel underappreciated by their employer. They also don’t see much value in longevity, believing that switching jobs often is the best way up the corporate ladder.
This doesn't seem to be panning out for them though. Millennials trail Baby Boomers and Gen Xers when it comes to income, and 24 percent say that they are unhappy in their jobs. This leads to them spending more time each week looking for a new job than their older colleagues.
Millennials also tend to be more self-centered. Where Baby Boomers are most dissatisfied with their employers social or environmental positions and Gen Xers are unhappy with corporate culture, Millenials biggest gripe is not having their input sufficiently valued.
There are some things that do bridge the generation gap though. Regardless of age, people considering a career change are most interested in better pay, job security and interesting work.