Why do Gen Z hold 5 different roles before turning 25?

Generation Z employees on average hold five different job roles before the age of 25, with under half saying a major setback in their career so far was falling out with their boss.

This is according to Indeed, who found that Gen Z holds a heightened level of job movement compared to those who are middle-aged, also 42 per cent of the working population saying a major setback they have experienced during their career is falling out with their boss.

For Gen Z, the social conscience that comes with their role is more important to them than pay. A huge 83 per cent of 18-24-year-olds would be satisfied working for a company that is committed to “doing good”. With just over a third (34 per cent) believing that success is having a larger salary.

However, a higher section of millennials (49 per cent) hold job satisfaction to be attained by having a higher salary than their friends. Over two-thirds of millennials (69 per cent) think flexible working is a key job perk, with 33 per cent saying so is being able to take your dog to work.

The same research also found that the average UK employee does not find job satisfaction until they are 45, and by this time they have had eight different jobs.

As well as the average employee spending more time dwelling on a mistake rather than a celebration at work, with the average employee spending 29 days thinking about a setback compared to 21 days thinking about work success.

Under a quarter (24 per cent) admit they never talk about setbacks at work with family or friends, with 84 per cent willing to talk about success. More women (29 per cent) than men (21 per cent) were too embarrassed to talk about failures with friends.

Bill Richards, UK managing director of Indeed, said:

Our study shows a real generational difference in what makes us happy in our jobs, and it takes the average person some time to find it.  This is a universal feeling and we need to open up conversations around setbacks and the trials and tribulations of working life. Indeed recognises that it’s these experiences that shape our careers and ultimately pave the way for a brighter future. We hope that by launching this campaign, we can show that even those at the top of their game have embraced stumbling blocks  as part of their path to career success, and inspire others to do the same.

On 16/1/20, CareerAddict.com found that both millennials and Gen Z consider career progression more important than pay.

To gather this research, Indeed conducted a study based on the opinions of 1,500 employees.





Darius is the editor of HRreview. He has previously worked as a finance reporter for the Daily Express. He studied his journalism masters at Press Association Training and graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.