Job passion or stability… or both?
In an effort to “evolve this blog into place where high quality workforce management expertise is produced and consumed like a manufacturing run of Mercedes-Benz in Germany,” I’ve encouraged my fellow Kronites and others to write guest posts here. Our organization is staffed with practitioners who can share their expertise and experience across many dimensions of workforce management. While my efforts have been mostly futile, in some cases, certain employees have goals that read something like “write 6 guest posts.” Yeah, something like that.
By Melissa Spinella
George Bernard Shaw said “Youth is wasted on the young.” As someone who is close to a milestone birthday, I don’t pretend to think that I have much in common with today’s college students. However, after reading the results from a recent Way to Work™ survey from Adecco Staffing USA, courtesy of my daily dose of news from HR and Payroll Answerforce, part of me is glad that I grew up when I did. Back when getting a college education meant that you would have the freedom to dream big and make an impact. Back in the dotcom era, where everyone worked their tail off for a company they truly believed in. Of course, we all know how that ended up…
According to the survey, 70% of students between 18-20 would prefer a stable job with less passion over a passionate “dream job” with little job security. That’s kind of sad, really. What happened to the days of wide-eyed college students who think they can conquer the world with a job they love and feel passionate about, not just one that pays the bills?
But what if you’re lucky enough to have both? Can’t that still be a goal? Sure, financial stability is important, especially when the average student is left with so much debt after graduation, but all the money in the world means nothing if you aren’t being fulfilled by the work you do (or if you aren’t able to find a work/life balance, but that’s for another post!). What if you don’t have to settle?
For me, Kronos is a wonderful blend of stability and passion – and we keep growing every year! I’m inspired every day by the people that I work with, and when you’re surrounded by great people, it’s easy to find the passion in any project. Speaking of growth, we have hundreds of job openings in many different areas all across the world – including summer internships for college students who can see first-hand that stability and passion are not mutually exclusive when it comes to the workforce!
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