The last thing you may want to do is look back through your high school memories. But high school students aren’t afraid to look ahead and imagine what their future might be like once they join the workforce.
According to a new CareerBuilder survey, high school seniors have already formed solid opinions around life in the working world. Their work life expectations were compared with those current workers, and some of their responses may be surprising.
For starters, current and future workers have different ideas of what salary they feel they need to earn to be successful. Twenty-five percent of current workers believe they would be successful making less than $50,000 a year, compared with just 18 percent of high school students. In fact, high school students are nearly three times as likely as current workers to say they need to make $200,000 or more to feel like they’ve made it (13 percent versus 5 percent).
High schoolers are also more aspirational when it comes to their nonmonetary definition of success: They were more than twice as likely as current workers to define success as “making a mark on this world” (54 percent versus 22 percent).
While job hopping has become much more of the norm, especially for the younger workforce, high school students aren’t expecting to jump ship so quickly. Just 16 percent of future workers believe one should only stay in a job for a year or two before moving on to better things, similar to 15 percent of current workers. Yet, when it really comes down to it, they don’t believe they’ll be loyal to just one company for the entirety of their careers. Thirty-two percent expect they will work for 10 or more companies, similar to 28 percent of current workers who say the same.
What does this mean for you?
Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer of CareerBuilder, says,
“With the next generation of workers preparing to enter the workforce, now is the time for companies to adjust their recruitment and retention strategies to guarantee the success of all workers and strengthen the bottom line.”
Haefner notes that while workplace expectations can vary widely among different generations, one thing they have in common is their desire to be successful. She suggests introducing programs that promote learning and collaboration – such as mentoring – which can help workers of all generations achieve their goals.