International Perspectives on the Millennial Generation
Edited by Eddy S. Ng, Sean Lyons and Linda Schweitzer
Chapter 5: "Going through the mist": early career transitions of Chinese Millennial returnees
Over the past decade management practitioners have sought to understand the career expectations of the Millennial generation–those born between 1979 and 1994 (Myers and Sadaghiani, 2010)–who are rapidly becoming a dominant force in the global economy. As workers from the Baby Boomer generation move towards retirement, organization leaders are becoming more interested in understanding how to attract and retain millennial employees most effectively (Walmsley, 2007). A large body of research is devoted to uncovering the career expectations of millennial workers, so that practitioners can better understand them. Findings suggest Millennials have high expectations regarding career success as well as work–life balance and are not loyal to their employers (Hershatter and Epstein, 2010; Ng et al., 2010; Smith, 2010). Millennial workers who have extensive cross-cultural education and work experience are increasingly common. As global flows of resources, information and people are increasing, young workers with educational and/or work experience aboard are highly valued by many employers. In this study, we focus on a group of Millennial-age migrants who are considered important in an emerging economy–young Chinese returnees who have both studied and worked abroad before returning to their home country (Conlin, 2007; Li, 2005). The study focuses specifically on Chinese millennial returnees in their twenties and early thirties and uncovers details regarding their career expectations and transitions in the process of migrating back to their homeland, China.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.