NEW YORK (MainStreet) Millennials, generally defined as adults in their early 30s and younger, are gradually beginning to redefine America's priorities, from profits to purpose. Rather than reflecting the competitive and combative attitude of Baby Boomers, Gen-Y rallies to marketing related causes and the acquisition of experiences rather than things.
It is a generational shift just now beginning to impact the nation, according to Morley Winograd, a senior fellow at the University of Southern California and Michael Hais, a former vice president for entertainment research at Frank N. Magid Associates. The authors have released a new Brookings Institution report "How Millennials Could Upend Wall Street and Corporate America."
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"The initial tremors are already changing consumer markets and forcing corporations to change their workplace practices," say Winograd and Hais in the report. "But soon, as Millennials become an increasingly large share of the adult population and gather more and more wealth, the generation's size and unity of belief will cause seismic shifts in the nation's financial sector, shaking it to its very foundations and leading to major changes in the nation's board rooms."
That change is reflected in a list of "dream employers" Millennials want to work for. The authors note a survey of 10,000 Millennials having one to eight years of job experience that was fielded by the consulting firm of Universum in 2011. The usual suspects topped the list: Google, Apple and Facebook. But the U.S. State Department ranked fourth, the FBI seventh and the CIA tenth. Other than technology companies, government agencies occupied the most number of slots in the list of the top 15 most coveted companies to work for.