Thu 24 Mar 2011
Over the last few months I’ve been interviewing Gen Yers all over the country who have been working in corporate jobs spanning 1 to 5 years. The chats have been unbelievable & as always, I love how open Gen Yers are about things. It didn’t surprise me to find a large majority of them – over 80% – were frustrated & disillusioned with the corporate experience.
That’s a big number but I think that anyone who has worked in corporate for any amount of time can relate to how they feel & isn’t surprised by it. Through the interviews I began to hear a theme being repeated by the Gen Yers. There were about 5 things that kept coming up as the most surprising for them to find once they were on the “inside”. They believed there was a big disconnect between the perception they had of the company as an outsider through websites, brochures,etc & the reality of working as an employee.
Many of them repeated the same thing: I wish I had known what to expect before taking the job. They admitted that the tight job market would have probably forced to take the job anyway . However, knowing what to expect, the “shocking truth” so to speak, would have spared them from spending so much time & energy trying to understand why . That wasted time could have been better spent focusing on advancing their career & other important priorities.
The interviews led me to write the first of a series of ebooks. I have just finished it & officially sent to my editor yesterday (Who-hoo!). It’s called “The Top 5 Lies Told to Gen Ys“. More on the book in future posts but for now, I’d like to hear from Gen Yers out there who have been working for some time.
What did you wish you had known about corporate life before you took your first job? What shocked you the most about corporate when you took your first job? Thanks for sharing…