Conventional wisdom suggests that in their urgency to climb the corporate ladder, millennials aspire for careers where they can lead from the top and just make pots of money . In reality, this generation is keen to upgrade skills to become `specialists’, and focus on learning and development as well as make a positive contribution.
In asurvey of millennials -people born between 1982-1996 -HR consulting firm Manpower found they prioritise recognition and purpose, making a positive contribution, and working with a great team as their top career goals. A surprising finding of the study , which was shared exclusively with TOI, is `being the boss’ is a low priority for millennials.
Says A G Rao, group managing director, ManpowerGroup India, just 22% of millennials globally rank aspiring to le adership roles as a top career priority , while in India, it stands higher at 34%. This includes getting to the top of an organisation (14%), owning my own company (14%) and managing others (6%). All three ranked at the bottom of millennials’ list of career priorities in almost every country except Mexico.
The study of 1,000 millennials working across industries and cities in India was part of a global study of 19,000 millenni als and 1,500 hiring managers across 25 countries. It was conducted to understand their career choices and help hiring professionals and organisations for attracting and retaining talent.
“It is important to know what millennials want to make full use of their skills. That’s the reason that today organisations are increasingly emphasising on their wants and needs. They’re looking for jobs that give them a sense of purpose, allow them to do what they like and play to their strengths, and at the same time offer opportunities for growth.They want to do meaningful work and be part of something that will have a positive impact on the world,“ Rao said.
The reason they do not aspire to managing a team is because they feel there are limited leadership roles. Also, by upgrading their IT and technical skills, they are looking at long-term job security .For millennials, skills are a major driver for a job change, with 82% of millennials in India changing jobs for the same pay , but more training opportunities.
Further, the survey found that they are eager to learn individual skills, just not management. Up to 63% of Indian millennials want to develop technical, personal or ITtechnology skills in the next year (globally 68%), while just 37% want to improve people management or leadership skills (globally 32%).
Source:-The Economic Times-Mumbai