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Millennial IT Workers Harbor Big Ambitions

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-06-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    66% of Millennial IT pros want to be CEOs of companies they start or own, compared to 50% of those age 35 to 50.
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    Moonlighting

    28% of Millennials make money on the side as contractors or consultants outside of their regular job, compared to 18% of those age 35 to 50.
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    72% of Millennials are interested in getting an MBA, compared to 46% of those age 35 to 50.
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    Driving Force

    80% of Millennials believe IT is important in contributing to the overall success of the company, compared to 90% of those age 50 and older.
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    50% of IT employees say that tech certifications are "very" or "somewhat" important to their career.
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    Tech Niches With Best Advancement Potential

    Cloud: 25%, Mobile: 24%, Security: 24%, Big Data: 9%
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    78% say they provide tech support to family and friends.
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    46% say that a first date is off limits for talking about work.
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    82% say they wouldn't criticize their boss or management in an e-mail.
 

As a CIO, you want to have a good read on the perspectives and ambitions of your workforce. This includes, of course, Millennials, as they represent the future of the tech industry. So you may be pleased to learn that this generation is driven by a strong sense of ambition. In fact, most Millennials envision themselves as future CEOs of companies that they themselves launch or own, according to a recent survey from Modis. Even more Millennials are interested in getting an MBA, especially given the increasing role of IT in business-benefiting strategic planning. And you may be curious to discover how many Millennials are fueling their ambitions by freelancing on the side, as contractors or consultants. The findings also lend insight upon the state of mind of tech workers in general, including whether it's OK to discuss work on a dates, or criticize the boss in an e-mail. (The latter activity is largely frowned upon.) More than 500 IT professionals took part in the research, which was conducted by Ketchum Global Research and Analytics. For more about the survey, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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