The Last of the Millennials

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-03-2015 Email

Given the lingering IT skills shortage, CIOs must focus on the next generation of employees to develop promising recruitment pools for future positions. In this case, we're referring to high school seniors—who are considered among the last of the Millennials. To lend insight about these young people, CareerBuilder has come out with a recent survey that compares and contrasts their expectations about the working world with those of today's professionals. The results may surprise you: High school seniors express more ambition than current workers, especially when it comes to "making a mark" upon the world. They're also likelier to believe that good work sustained over a couple years merits a promotion. And—contrary to impressions that they have a 24/7/365 addiction to their devices—very few feel it's acceptable to check one's smartphone during a business meeting. But, overall, the survey results indicate that there's much to value in the professionals of the near future, and CIOs should not delay in cultivating an environment that supports them. "With the next generation of workers preparing to enter the workforce, now is the time for companies to adjust their recruitment and retention strategies to guarantee the success of all workers and strengthen the bottom line," said Rosemary Haefner, chief HR officer of CareerBuilder. "While workplace expectations can vary widely among different generations, one thing they have in common is the (need to succeed). Introducing programs that promote learning and collaboration—such as mentoring—can help workers of all generations achieve that together." Nearly 3,040 current employees and 210 high school seniors took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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