College Grads Have Job Expectations

• Recent grads expect a lot from a job yet a majority (58 percent) think their expectations are either low or just right.
• Generation “I” wants what they want and they may not be willing to settle for less. When given a list of 15 job search-related factors (e.g., good company culture, prestige in the industry, benefits, etc.), more than half of recent grads said they expect to receive a majority of them once hired. Good health benefits (74 percent), job security (73 percent) and opportunities for growth and development (68 percent) top the list of expectations.

Self-described “workforce solutions” company Adecco surveyed a bunch of 22 to 26-year-olds graduating with four-year degrees this year about their job expectations. Job security and health benefits aren’t crazy things to want (but it might be hard to find a job that offers those things plus, good company culture, prestige, etc.). Also, 30 percent of the grads surveyed say their parents are involved in their job search, which I personally think would make job hunting a nightmare.

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mishaps (#65)

OK, as someone who has made surveys professionally, I have to say, these categories are way way way too open-ended!

I think we would all like “opportunities for growth and development” at a job we would like to stay at, even someone who is pretty senior in their profession. What the Youngs get dinged for, in my experience, is having outsized expectations about how quickly those opportunities will be afforded to them, and how much said growth and development will be rewarded.

I can see how parents being involved in a job search could be tiresome, but in many ways it isn’t that bad. For me, my father often times gives me another perspective or exposes me to potential employers I hadn’t considered. Parents do have useful networks! (Yes, it helps that I’m interested in public health, like my father, but ya know.)

@Nina B.@twitter Conversely, my parents goaded me into a job I really didn’t want because it wasn’t in my major (even worse, it was sales-related) and it was with a company for which I had absolutely no interest. Having benefits and a salary were their only requirements, something I wasn’t finding in my PR-related job search. I was asked to resign from the company after eight months, which was a very polite way of them firing me but allowing me to save face, the only good thing to ever come out of that position.

Generation “I,” are you serious.

Megano! (#124)

Well, all those things are things their parents expected, why shouldn’t they? Also I am pretty sure if you asked Olds those would be the top three too.

MuffyStJohn (#280)

Good company culture is what organizations give you when they can’t afford to pay you well or provide actual health insurance (see: me, my food stamp qualifying income and 30+ days of paid time off per year). You can want both, but expecting it is pretty naive.

And really, honestly, I have a lot of sympathy for this generation; I’ve only beat them by a couple of years after all. But stuff like this just makes them look bad and gives ammunition to the naysayers who want to blame their epidemic un- and under-employment on laziness and unrealistic expectations.

On the one hand, I want to say OF COURSE people should be demanding health benefits and job security. On the other hand, I want to say, was “a pony” on the list too?

guenna77 (#856)

the question is, would they turn down a job that doesn’t meet all of their demands? you can want it all, while being realistic about what you’re offered. or you can be petulant that things aren’t good enough. no job i’ve ever has encompassed all of those things. right now i have great pay and benefits, great boss, lousy company culture. my fiance has a great culture, cool projects/prestige, but less benefits, longer hours. there are always tradeoffs.

elizabeast (#629)

Parents. Involved. In. The. Job. Search. What is wrong with those kids?

No, wait. I think one’s parents should have an idea of what you’re up to, and should be available to provide advice, but there is a line. My mom might be unique, but she still thinks the only way to find a job is to go through the classified ads in the newspaper. My world and her world are so far apart that there is just no way she could participate in finding her kid a job.

<3 u mom!

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