Gen Yand Late Boomers
Current college graduates and those who graduated in the early 1980s are remarkably similar,
not only in the economic climate and job market
they face as new graduates but in their attitudes about
work, according to a study conducted by the National
Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
“Today’s graduates are focused on security and
stability: They are looking for an employer that offers
opportunity for advancement, job security, and a good
benefits package,” says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director. “Those who graduated in the early ’80s
were more focused on self-actualization. They looked
for organizations to provide them with the opportunity
to use their skills, the opportunity for personal development, and recognition.”
Highlights from the study show:
• Eighty-seven percent of 2008 graduates expect to work
more than 40 hours a week as did 87 percent of the
Class of 1982.
• Forty percent of 2008 graduates say they are willing to
spend six or more nights away from home each month
for their jobs; 34 percent of 1982 graduates were willing to make the same trade-off.
• Graduates from both generations rated family, health,
happiness, and ethics as more important than their
jobs, while both groups said community, free time, and
vacation were not more important than their jobs.
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