Managing the New Workforce
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Managing the New Workforce

International Perspectives on the Millennial Generation

Edited by Eddy S. Ng, Sean Lyons and Linda Schweitzer

Shifting demographics around the world have created a unique historical phenomenon in which a large cohort of employees (i.e., post-war Baby Boomers) are nearing retirement, and a new cadre of younger workers are being recruited to replace them. These twenty-something year-olds, often referred to as ‘Gen Y’ or Millennials, represent the workforce of the future and come with their own set of expectations, demands, and work habits. The contributors to this volume, drawn from countries around the world, document the cultural, historical, and social context surrounding this phenomenon. The international perspective makes it possible to examine cross-cultural similarities and differences in HRM practices. This timely book provides an understanding of the new workforce in multiple countries and settings and a valuable reference as scholars and employers seek to understand the values, beliefs, and expectations of the next generation of workers.
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Chapter 10: Career counseling for Millennials: practitioners’ perspectives

Linda M. Hite and Kimberly S. McDonald


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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