I asked two of our outstanding team members who are both Millennials what they expect from an employer and what they look for in a job. We have shared their thoughts here. However, before we dive into what they have shared about what is important for them, let’s have a look at what the media says about Millennials and Generation Z.

Millennials are tech-savvy and well-connected. They embrace a new technology in the blink of an eye and their daily life is indulged in social media. Morning coffee while checking out Facebook, Snapchat on the way to work, or an Instagram selfie with friends at a bar in the evening, etc. Much can be interpreted from their social media updates: if they are not happy at work, perhaps their whole virtual network will know.
The new generation of workers is playing a significant role in transforming the labor market and work environment. Millennials and Generation Y as we call them, are those born roughly between 1980 and 2000.

They are dominating the labour force and the effect of their generation characteristics is increasingly visible. In 2015, millennials (aged 18 to 34) surpassed Generation X with the largest share in the American workforce (53.5% vs. 52.7%), according to Pew Research Center analysis of US Census Bureau data.

Millennials are conscious about career development, but also care about work-life balance. They can create extraordinary things during those eight hours at the office, but they also require meaningful hours after work with friends and family. They can work for months on end to deliver a great project, but they will pack their bags and fly to Miami on a long holiday right after they’re done. They believe they deserve satisfactory rewards for the fantastic job they’ve done, and thus show that “work hard, play hard” spirit at all times. Understanding this, business leaders know how to extract the best out of their millennial employees: they need timely appreciation in exchange for their contribution.
I asked two of our outstanding team members who are both millennials about what they expect from an employer and what they look for in a job. Below is what they shared with me:

Meet Thoa Vu

What aspects are important to you when choosing an employer?
When it comes to the employers, I would look at the industry that they operate in, what their brand means to me, their corporate social responsibility program, and how different they are from their competitors in the same industry. I have some personal preferences for the employer regarding the above aspects, for example I prefer to work for a company that does business in the fields I’m interested in (banking, consulting, travel and hospitality, etc.), that has a popular brand that many know about, that cares to give back to the community (since companies that care about the community usually treat their employees well too), and that has an innovative business model or culture.

What is important for you when applying for a job?
When applying for a job, besides compensation and benefit, I care about career development and diversity in the daily work. It would be great if the job could lay a basis for future professional advancement, offer good learning opportunities, and allow for networking. I also like a job, which gives me, varied tasks rather routine work, requires travelling (since I’m crazy about travelling), and preferably is flexible in working hours.

Meet Taisiya Fiksdal

What aspects are important to you when choosing an employer?
I take into consideration the reputation of the company. Any scandals or low level of business ethics can be a deal breaker for me, because I want to be proud to say which company I am working for. In addition, I try to figure out the corporate culture and “arbeidsmiljø” of the company. The atmosphere there should be simultaneously professional, friendly and inspirational. People working in one company should work towards the same global goal together, and it should not be a competition between departments and colleagues. Furthermore, the feeling of support from the colleagues plays a huge role, it feels great to have a “safety net” and to have people you can rely on.

What is important for you when applying for a job?
That requirements for the position match my experience and skills quite well. Possibility for professional growth and promotion, self-realization. Possibility to create something significant (leave a finger print), and influence the company in a positive way.