Generational Career Shifts: how Matures, Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials view work

Ng, Eddy S., Lyons, Sean T., and Schweitzer, Linda (2018) Generational Career Shifts: how Matures, Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials view work. Emerald Publishing, Bingley, UK.

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Abstract

We examined several career concepts, including career identity, planning and resilience, career salience, work locus of control, modern career orientations, career self-efficacy, and career anchors, as well as the expectations of pre-career Millennials. Overall, our study shows significant intergenerational differences across many of these concepts. For example, Matures identified with their careers more than other generations, which suggests that work plays a more central role in their lives. Millennials and Gen X employees indicated a belief that they are not in control of their career success. Moreover, Millennials had lower levels of selfefficacy than both Gen X and Boomer employees. In terms of career anchors, we found that each successive younger generation placed more importance on autonomy and independence, entrepreneurial creativity, lifestyle, service, and dedication. Lastly, pre-career Millennials indicated high expectations for salary growth over their careers, despite expecting to take an average of five years off of work for child-rearing and travel activities.

Item ID: 57940
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
ISBN: 978-1-78754-414-7
Copyright Information: © 2018 Emerald Publishing Limited.
Funders: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Dalhousie University, Canada, University of Guelph, Canada, Carleton University, Canada
Projects and Grants: SSHRC grant 864-2007-0131
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2019 04:38
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910499 Management and Productivity not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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