Gen Y's take on a Career

July 19, 2012

The one-company career is a relic of the past. Today's talent ecosystem is loaded with Gen Y talent bent on bouncing around and trying new experiences.

As a new class of freshly minted college graduates begins its summer job search — and as its recession-era predecessors, still struggling to land that first full-time job offer, do the same — recruiters are getting to know the Gen Y job seeker quite well.

Talent Management spoke with Lindsey Pollak, a global spokeswoman for LinkedIn and author of Getting from College to Career, about the evolution of a "career," the values of the Gen Y job seeker, and how recruiters can prepare to attract and retain top Gen Y talent.

How is the notion of a career changing?
The biggest shift is the idea of a career ladder, where you start at a company at the bottom and you work your way up until you finish by retiring. What we're seeing now is some people call it a career lattice or career web — where you might work in corporate America for a few years, you might take some time off, go back to school, start a business, go back into corporate America, do some nonprofit work, take a sabbatical. 

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