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The Future of Millennials’ Careers

The Career Advisory Board and DeVry University recently teamed with the folks at Harris Interactive to do a poll on “The Millennials”, identified as adults ages 21-31, and report on their current expectations for the future of their careers in the workforce.

I found it interesting that the survey was “conducted online within the United States between December 29, 2010 and January 10, 2011.”  According to the report Future Of Millennial Careers:

“The survey participants included 500 U.S. adults age 21-31 who are either employed or plan to seek employment in the future.  They also included 523 U.S. adults age 18+ who are employed and are responsible for or have a large role in making hiring decisions for their company or department.  Additionally, this second group interacts with Millennials ages 21-31 at work as colleagues or supervisors and/or regularly socializes with Millennial employees ages 21-31.  Results were weighted as needed for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income.”

There are a number of interesting findings.  One of them is in the number of careers and jobs that they anticipate.  They expect to have an average of three different careers and 5 different jobs over the course of their lifetimes.  College graduates anticipate working in more jobs than do those with less education.

“Younger Millennials were somewhat more decisive about their career paths, compared to older Millennials.  Seventy-two percent of 21-25 year-olds (versus 64 percent of age 26-31) said they have settled on a particular career path or series of career paths.”

If the average entry age for the construction industry remains high at 27, then a large portion of the workers entering the industry after the turnaround will have these expectations.  The report includes a section with helpful Advice and Actions for Millennials and Hiring Managers.


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