Millennials ain’t your average generation. Those born between 1980 and 1996 (although the exact age group ranges depending on who you ask) have been called everything from lazy to narcissistic to serial
When it comes to the workforce, millennials also stand out as much more mobile than their older counterparts. In the US, new LinkedIn data reveals that millennials are 50 per cent more likely to relocate and 16 per cent more likely to switch industries for a new job than other generations.
And while many companies are still mystified as to what attracts and retains a millennial worker, there are clear trends that show what industries and sectors this age group is gravitating towards and avoiding.
The top growing industries for
While the growing number of millennials joining more traditional industries such as healthcare and finance may seem to counter this point, both these sectors have made efforts to rebrand themselves with innovative tech updates and modernization to attract millennials over the last few years.
Taking the top spots for industries in decline with millennial workers are retail and consumer products; government, education, and non-profit; media and entertainment; oil and energy; and telecommunications.
Lower employment of millennials in retail is not hard to imagine, with the industry largely consisting of entry-level positions that post-educated
When it comes to industries where millennials are in high demand, the auto/aero and engineering workforces top the list.
“If you’re recruiting within one of these industries, now may be the best time to double down on your branding and outreach efforts,” says LinkedIn’s report. “Competition for millennial candidates in these industries has gotten a lot fiercer, and may continue to become more difficult as time goes on.”
LinkedIn highlights the fact that millennials do indeed value different things in a career opportunity than non-millennials. Millennials are “significantly more likely to cite a strong career path and strong employee development opportunities” as qualities they seek in a job, lending itself to the most frequently cited reason by millennials for leaving a job: a lack of opportunities for career advancement. Since tech is generally seen as a growing, supportive industry, “it makes sense that many millennials are attracted to the career prospects it seems to promise.”
LinkedIn points out that while
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