UoGuelph research adds to millennials vs. boomers discussion

July 7, 2013

University of Guelph research is bringing some qualitative data to the popular discussion on the unique challenges that millennials are facing in today’s job market. Business professor Sean Lyons’ research finds that people between the ages of 25 and 29 now change jobs more than twice as often as baby boomers did at the same age. To find out why, Lyons studied the career stories of people from both generations. “I was a bit shocked to find that young people today don’t actually express a greater desire to move than previous generations,” he says. “But they have high expectations for their careers, and they often move because they are not satisfied with their work… This dissatisfaction leads to restlessness.” Lyons connects this phenomenon with his earlier research, which shows that PSE students tend to have unrealistic expectations about what they will earn when they begin working. He says this may be one reason for the “restlessness” of youth. Lyons also points out that although many people say millennials are “entitled and demanding,” they should be given a break because “they are at a disadvantage because the economy is just not expanding in the way it was for the baby boomers, and they were raised to expect things to be different.” UoGuelph News Release