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Younger workers can’t begin to change the intent to work for a top job—or even completely diminish its importance.
Even before graduating from Oxford University in 2015, Molly Johnson-Jones felt professional pressure to get a big job for the high-power industry.
She says she and her college friends feel that many industries are getting prestige aka class — particularly in finance, consulting, medicine, and law.
That’s why Johnson-Jones ends up in investment banking for two years after graduating, even though she doesn’t say she’s in the right position.
These kind of “very traditional industries” are really getting prestige, according to Jonah Stillman, we’ll co-found GenGuru, a consulting firm that we’re targeting across generations for the workplace.
Stillman we are Gen Zer say there is a dissent to higher education institutions but I add that many pipo from generation to generation feel the pressure before going to college to pursue their path including from relatives or high school counselors.
“We don’t grow up with despair,” said Andrew Roth, we will be 24 years old and graduate in 2021 from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, in the US.
“When I arrived at Vanderbilt, I was quickly swept up in the ‘all roads lead to finance and consulting’ path. “
“I just feel really easy going that way…everyone is going that way.” Roth tok.
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Now that 24-year-old Andrew Roth heads off to college, he would say he was under pressure to take a traditional path
As Gen Z joins the workforce, however, pundits and younger workers say they see the job as a high-status job as a fit across the board — and even become less relevant overall.
Some younger workers still say they need to make money important, especially as the cost of living rises; and working for certain companies or for specific industries fits the making of a career.
But many also emphasize oda elements, such as company values, flexibility, autonomy and freedom from long hours and a lot of work.
Danielle Farage, a 2020 graduate, we’re 24 years old, says she also feels the definition of prestige job is narrow while at the University of Southern California, and jokes about the pressure to get an elite job especially from her colleague.
“They’re doing great, and they’re so serious because everyone posts about slide jobs,” says Gen Zer, who lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Many Gen Zers – especially those who attend elite universities – still go into high-profile industries.
Farage agrees that many recent graduates still want to “walk the straight and narrow”
She knows some of her friends who are still “very interested in prestige because everyone around you is like, oh, I need to get a consulting job with the big five…I want to intern at this big bank next summer” .
But Farage also doesn’t see many Gen Zs redefining a prestigious job as one that they can improve their own lives on.
Unsuitable include a position we fit, allowing the employee to live the lifestyle they want – we can say we are entrepreneurs, they work for an industry that aligns with our values and passion or get a job we want fit make them build a personal brand on this side.
Farage an example; while holding a full-time job as director of growth and marketing for one start-up, she also focuses on building sideline business as a job futurist, focusing on Gen Z’s experience.
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Danielle Farage, we’re turning 24 years old, say values, passion and entrepreneurship aren’t going to be big parts of important jobs
To be able to “acquire skills for the field and … build your passion — for me, that after prestige,” she said.
Roth also thinks imsef that they are a long way from the expected path of finance and consulting, especially when Covid-19 hit during a semester they are studying abroad.
During this pandemic, they say, it has become “very clear to me that many organizations are struggling to listen and understand the needs of young upstarts.”
After graduating, I change my plans to entrepreneurship and start dcdx, which is a Gen Z research and strategy firm.
“They say our association with prestige doesn’t change,” said New York-based Roth.
“Prestige gets associated with… based on traditional ways. And I think quite a rejection around that time, especially for this kind of progressive generation.
Some data shows that Gen Z is really moving into more meaningful work.
LinkedIn data from April 2023 on more than 7,000 employees worldwide, a BBC Worklife review shows that 64% of Gen Zers for the UK, France, Germany and Ireland now feel it is important to work for compliant companies with the slide values.
Data also shows that these young workers highlight work-life balance and career growth as the top draws for potential workplaces.
Along with the way Gen Z attitudes are changing, plus the embrace of entrepreneurship and the emphasis on values, this mindset shift fits in part because mechanisms behind finding jobs and seeing potential alternative career paths are changing, according to Josh Graff, general manager of EMEA and LATAM on LinkedIn.
With a higher volume of job postings they post online, “pipo is getting so much more access to information today than when we were applying for a job over 20 years ago… doesn’t allow you to get much beta visibility across a wealth of positions” , and tock.
“That shift for the workplace, in the workforce… they’re leading pipo to understand, shall we say, much broader options out there.”
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Molly Johnson-Jones, 30, says millennials are also starting to rethink what it means to work for prestigious jobs
Johnson-Jones, we are now 30 years old, say that the changing definition of prestigious work is also reaching older generations, including millennials, like themselves.
She steps out of investment banking “for her health” and finally starts her own company: Flexa Careers, a global directory of flexible work companies.
She believes older workers express feelings similar to Gen Z, as well as how they define an elite job; they are redefining this term in the same way as careers enabling beta lifestyles.
But according to Johnson-Jones, many millennials are forced to re-imagine this definition, often after being influenced by the highly competitive, long-hour industries they believe will take them out of college. .
“We don’t have to work 60 hours a week for an office just for a title or a decent wage,” she said. “Because how many pipo actually get time to spend that money?”
Roth believes many of my friends are taking part of the traditional prestige route and are also reconsidering their choice.
“I think a lot of them actually look at me a little enviously and say, ‘Hey, I wish I could do something similar to you’. Pipo has come to that mentality.’