NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Next year, Millennials will comprise nearly half (45%) of the U.S. workforce, the largest generation of American workers. With them come new attitudes to employment, job satisfaction and career goals. Where Baby Boomers believe five years at the same employer is practically just getting started, Gen Y is looking for their next opportunity after the first year.
According to a new report, issued by PayScale and Millennial Branding, 26% of Millennials surveyed said that workers should only be expected to stay in a job a year or less before looking for a new position. Most Baby Boomers (41%) said workers should stay with an employer at least five years before looking for a new job -- only 13% of Millennials agreed.
"From previous studies, we found that Millennials switch jobs every two years," Dan Schawbel, founder of Millennial Branding, told MainStreet. "This study shows that one in four think one year or less is acceptable. You can't gain true work experience in under a year because it usually takes six months to learn your job. This amount of job hopping can be detrimental to their long-term career because managers don't want to hire someone for six months."