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“With career ultramarathons ahead, Millennials are focused on developing the skills to ensure their employment security and build a ‘career for me,’” Manpower points out, adding that Millennials are “surprisingly upbeat” about their careers. Two-thirds are optimistic about their immediate job prospects, for instance, and 62 percent “are confident that if they lost their main source of income tomorrow they could find equally good or better work within three months.”
Contrary to the lazy label that’s been slapped on their generation, Millennials are working as hard, if not harder, than other generations, according to Manpower’s report. For example, 73 percent report working more than 40 hours a week, and nearly a quarter work over 50 hours. And, on a global basis, 26 percent of Millennials are currently working two or more paid jobs.
From those jobs, Millennials want three basic things: money, security, and time off. “They want to be rewarded for their effort, feel secure in their employment, and still have the freedom to stop and refuel once in a while,” Manpower states. “They also value working with great people and enjoying the time they spend on the job, together with the opportunity to work flexibly and develop new skills as priorities.”
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