Employers take on millennials’ attitudes about the job market

March 16, 2018

 Every year, recently graduated college students are thrown out into the workforce, leaving the security of the college they called home for the past four years. While the majority of students are prepared for finding a job after college, most students tend to fear and feel uncertain about the fluctuating  job market.


When it comes to finding jobs in today's modern business world, students often become overwhelmed by the pressure. As of 2016, the millennial unemployment rate stood at a 12.8 percent according to Generation Opportunity. As of Feb. 2018, the unemployment rate has dropped to 9 percent according to statista.com. This is a good sign for seniors who are graduating this year and looking to find a local job.


However, many millennials today have grown up with certain expectations for themselves. It is not uncommon to hear of millennials today being what some would consider narcissist and overconfident. When it comes to this new attitude, millennials may find themselves getting their hopes up when it comes to success in the job market.


Due to the large population of millennials, more people ages 18 to 29 live with their parents than with a spouse, according to the 2012 Clark University Poll of Emerging Adults. According to Time.com, "80 million strong, [millennials] are the biggest age grouping in American history."


On Wednesday, Feb. 28, Palm Beach Atlantic University hosted its second Career Fair of the year in the Mahoney Gym. Its goal, to connect students to local businesses and organizations to help them branch out into the West Palm Beach community after college. While, at the Career Fair, business owners and organizations were asked their opinion on millennials attitude towards the job market.


According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities, "Many employers believe recent college graduates are underdeveloped in key workplace skills like interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and organization. These are skills that aren’t taught in higher education."


When asked about millennials’ attitudes about the work field, Allen Wilson of Broward County Government said, "They are the future of this country and Broward County is fully committed into bringing them into the workforce and developing them. I think that's important [as] they are the future leaders and we'd like to play a part in developing them as employees."


Collin Lynch of Bankers Life agreed when he said, "We're looking to get some younger faces. Millennials are definitely a little bit more up to par [and] up to speed."


While, employers in the workforce may seem set on hiring Millennials despite their attitude, PBA senior Wes Friese seems to think otherwise.


"For the most part millennials have a negative attitude toward finding a job and the workforce in general,” Friese said. “I see how a lot of them demand $15 per hour for a job that doesn't deserve that kind of pay… many millennials have a you owe me attitude toward American society and toward the working world as a whole… I truly believe that a person can always better themselves and their circumstances and rise above the stereotypes."


Millennials may be the largest age group, but one's attitude and how they hold themselves can greatly impact their chances of being hired for a job. That being said, the job market may be the least of their concerns.


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