Generation Y: is it goodbye to the standard 9-5?

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There’s a new generation entering the workplace and they’re the most tech-savvy and innovative yet. Yes, we’re talking about Generation Y, who are set to make up more than 50% of the global workforce by 2020.

You might expect money to be at the forefront of their minds, but work-life balance seems to be more important than ever. So how do they achieve it?

Here are three reasons why Generation Y’s priorities may fit a contracting lifestyle:

1. Their job isn’t their entire life

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Anyone who said pay and job location isn’t important would be lying, but having the time to let you hair down and relax is becoming more of a necessity. In fact, research by City A.M found that 18-24 year olds rank a balanced life and sense of fulfilment higher on their list of long-term priorities.

Contracting is ideal for creating your own schedule, as you can pick when and how long you work on an assignment. This gives you more control over your work time, so you don’t miss out on other commitments.

2. They want to be able to do their job any time, any where

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This generation is used to being online 24/7 and they’ll often be checking emails or posting on various social networks while on the move.

These expectations don’t change when it comes to their work. Some young people dread the 9am start, but are more than happy to respond to emails well into the night.

Contracting allows you to manage your working hours effectively, as you get more say on when you are present in the office and the hours you commit to on a project. This gives you the opportunity to work at times when you’re most productive.

3. They don’t all want to be a leader

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One of the most common misconceptions is that the future generation want to lead, but maybe it’s a different kind of leadership they want to take on.

Contracting opens you up to a new kind of leadership, where professionals can take charge on many projects, explore their innovative ideas and push their own personal brand.

Not only does it add excellent experience on what could be a scarce CV, but it keeps your career exciting and unpredictable, perfect attributes for eager young professionals.

It can be easy to follow the same path as the 9-5 workforce, but if you don’t want to be chained to a desk, why not take a few tips from generation Y and make some time to explore other opportunities. You might just find that contracting is right for you.

If this has got you thinking about a career in contracting, check out our handy setting up guide here.

 

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