International Perspectives on the Millennial Generation
Edited by Eddy S. Ng, Sean Lyons and Linda Schweitzer
Chapter 10: Career counseling for Millennials: practitioners’ perspectives
Millennials are embarking on their career paths at a challenging time. Economies around the world are experiencing turbulence and chaos. Careers in the twenty-first century are described in terms that highlight their individual and transitory nature. Individuals are encouraged to consider how they can become more adaptable, resilient and employable in navigating their careers. At the same time, Millennials in the workforce are seeking their own career trajectories, exhibiting expectations about current employment and their professional futures that may be diff erent from their predecessors (Ng et al., 2010). This combination of factors suggests a need to reconsider past approaches to career planning and preparation for Millennials. This chapter uses an exploratory study to examine Millennials and careers through the lens of career counselors who work with this population in the Midwest region of the United States. The goal is to better understand Millennials’ needs and interests regarding careers and to suggest how professionals can use that knowledge to design more effective career development for the upcoming global workforce.
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