Research conducted by JobApplicationCenter.com surveyed 2,059 U.S. residents about their perceptions of employment and the job search process. Millennials are less likely to expect to stay in a position for two years or less. Specifically, 41 percent of Millennials (ages 18 to 34) reported expecting to remain at a new position for two years or less. Only 17 percent of Gen X’ers (ages 35 to 50) and 10 percent of Baby Boomers (ages 51+) reported this. As evident from these numbers, Millennials are far more concerned with career exploration. Previous generations have been more concerned with climbing up the corporate ladder.
Millennials are also less likely to report having an easy job search out of college. Fifty-five percent of Baby Boomers said their search was easy. Only 9 percent of Millennials reported the same. Further, 69 percent reported it was difficult to find work.
When it comes to the perceived importance of a college education, similar trends were evident across generations. Twenty-nine percent of Millennials felt that having a Bachelor’s degree was very important in finding a job. Further, 32 percent of Gen X’ers and 34 percent of Baby Boomers reported feeling this way.