For employers, hiring and retaining young employees has become more difficult than ever before. Today’s young IT workers are often looking for different things in a job than their older counterparts are.
Both research and anecdotal evidence suggest that the millennial generation, those born between 1981 and 2000, behave and think quite differently than previous generations. In comparison with other Americans, people in their 20s and early 30s are more likely to be liberal democrats, less likely to own their own home, less likely to be married, more likely to have a lot of debt and more likely to enjoy digital activities like video games and social media.
Stereotypes often paint these young people as entitled and disloyal, apt to change employers for little or no reason. But Aaron Berger, vice president and millennial expertise lead at Ketchum Public Relations, says this stereotype isn’t entirely deserved. “The difference between now and in the past is, given our access to information, we simply know what our options are at a different level than in the past,” said Berger. “Because of that, we’re constantly looking at ways we can pursue the opportunities available to us. It’s not a selfish thing; it’s simply an awareness.”