Monster-GfK Survey: Millennials Vs Baby Boomers (Graphic: Business Wire)

Monster.com, the worldwide leader in successfully connecting people to job opportunities and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW), and GfK, an independent global market research company, today released new survey data shedding light on millennial-aged Americans’ sentiment toward work and how they differ from their older colleagues in the workplace. While one may think careers would be valued most by Generation X or baby boomers, they are surprisingly valued most by America’s youngest generation. When it comes to having a Career vs. a Job, millennials aged 18-30 are the most positive (62%) that having a career is very much a reality in today’s work environment, even for America’s youngest workers.

Less than half (48%) of the original “Me” generation, baby boomers aged 51+, express confidence in the idea of a career being a reality. The data suggests an understanding of work that is defined by age and experience, highlighting the contrast of millennials’ hopeful, optimism-oriented point of view with baby boomers’ “been around the block” attitude.

Millennials also diverge from the more seasoned majority in how they approach the definition of the characteristics of a career versus a job. When asked to rate a series of attributes within the workplace to determine if it describes a career, a job or both equally, a majority of Americans indicated both jobs and careers equally provide a sense of personal accomplishment, lifelong earning potential, opportunities to make new contributions, and for alternate employment opportunities in the case of current job loss. However, the responses varied quite significantly in the context of careers and jobs exclusively. In the context of only careers, more than one third (37%) of millennials compared to only a quarter (26%) of baby boomers believe that a career provides a sense of accomplishment. In stark comparison, in the context of only jobs, virtually zero millennials, just 2%, believe a job can provide a sense of accomplishment. Here too the boomers indicate a different perspective, with nearly one tenth (9%) who attribute a sense of accomplishment to a job.

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