It’s no secret that Gen Z is coming into the workforce and totally upending the way boomers and millennials do things. This younger generation is simply not about to follow the status quo. From email sign-offs to workplace attire and even the right way to make a first impression, Gen Z is doing things their own way. But it’s not just workplace norms that they're revamping, it’s their entire attitude towards the idea of scoring a “dream job.” Even more surprising is the fact that millennials, who were all about the dream job circa 2015, are actually on the same page as their younger counterparts.
Unlike millennials who grew up and entered the workforce with the prospect of scoring the dream job, Gen Z is coming in with a more—dare we say—pragmatic mindset. In an article written for Fast Company, Paul Hudson, CEO of pharmaceutical company Sanofi, argues that the Croc-loving, teetotalist generation isn’t buying into the idea that you enter one company, get promoted, work your way up the ladder for years, then retire. Instead, Gen Z is all about “collecting experiences”—gathering the necessary skillset and making the connections they need from a company without feeling obligated to spend years there. Unlike millennials who entered the workforce either gunning for a specific position or trying to get experience so that they can be qualified for that particular position, Gen Z is more than willing to say, “Thank you, next” and pivot to another job or change industries altogether. In other words, Gen Z is evaluating their employers as much they’re being evaluated.