Millennials change jobs more often

Gen Z and Millennials stand for job hopping and a new working atmosphere

Instead of staying in the same company for ten years, more and more employees are looking for new challenges - sometimes in completely different industries or positions. According to a recent study by LinkedIn, 40 percent in the USA are aiming for a U-turn in their professional lives. Job hopping is particularly typical for Millennials and Generation Z (in this case people younger than 24 years old), because they have a different working atmosphere than previous generations.

The focus is not on climbing up the career ladder

Differences between the generations can be found in all areas of life, including in relation to jobs and careers. For example, while the Baby Boomers have had an average of two jobs in the last 10 years, Gen Z has already had four. Even though they haven't been working for long. After all, this generation includes people who were born around 1997 (deviations in the year of birth are possible as generations flow into one another). Gen Z members don't long for career advancement in the same company. Finding the right profession that goes hand in hand with their values ​​and ideas is much more important to them. And so in the US, 80 percent of those under the age of 24 are considering a complete job change.

Half of those surveyed are even ready to move for the right job. With regard to Germany, this is also reflected in the Statista study shown above. However, this does not automatically mean that the youngest generation of workers is too volatile. The pursuit of new challenges is more based on a subconscious fear of missing out on a better chance or the dream job. Which is understandable when you consider the myriad reports of how workers can suffer in the wrong job. At the same time, career security is an important issue alongside job hopping, especially for millennials.

Working atmosphere more important than extra services

For Gen Z, payments and benefits play a lesser role. In fact, their focus is on doing something that suits them and gives them pleasure. In addition, the working atmosphere also influences the decision whether to stay in a job or look for something else. LinkedIn writes in the report:

There's no doubt that salary and benefits are an important part of a job, but when it comes to millennials and Gen Z, it's not everything. In fact, personal relationships, learning and growth opportunities, and simply enjoying the work they're doing were all important.

But these values ​​are not limited to Gen Z. This is expressed in figures as follows: A total of 45 percent of those in employment stay in their job due to good relationships with their colleagues. In addition, growth and further training opportunities are decisive for 40 percent.

Job hopping no longer has to have a negative connotation

A few years ago they were frowned upon, but nowadays frequent job changes are not necessarily negative in the résumé. Of course, it depends on the industry and the company. And too many job changes within a short period of time leave you in a bad light. However, many employers now appreciate the fact that applicants have a wide range of experience from various activities. And as already mentioned, it is not only the younger generations who long for self-fulfillment and challenges, but also seasoned workers. So if you are dissatisfied with your current job, take courage. Job hopping can help you find the right calling.