Editor’s Note: This Midweek exclusive, The Generation Gap, features opinions this week from Carl Gabrielson, 69, a Baby Boomer, and Andrea De Vriese, 28, a Millennial.
Carl Gabrielson of Fenton Township is the executive director of the Loose Center in Linden, and Andrea De Vriese of Fenton is a Commercial and Consumer Loan Reviewer at The State Bank in Fenton.
The ideal time for someone to stay with a particular job or career depends on one’s education and level of knowledge. A person who attends an institution of higher learning is planning for a career in a specific field — a doctor, lawyer or other specialist within a unique position. This person may spend their whole life fulfilling their work interest.
Others may move on as their knowledge expands, pursuing work that challenges their abilities and opportunities in their field.
A person who chooses not to attend college will seek a job that fits their own interests. They may attend a technical school for extended training to expand their opportunities, while others will select many different jobs until they settle on one that fulfills their working goals and security.
I have had four jobs over 45 years. The longest was my 30-year career in marketing and sales for Sears. Each job was different, but I always looked for a position that let me use my knowledge and abilities to achieve success. In each of these jobs, I left for a new job, which presented a new career, a better position and an increase in earnings.
I love a challenge and a workplace that allows me to adapt and be part of a team. I want a clear understanding of my role and a supervisor who allows me to create, solve issues and reach my potential. I want to play a role in the success of the business and its ability to grow.
Andrea De Vriese
I believe two years is a fair amount of time to stay at any given job for my generation. In today’s competitive job market, there are numerous opportunities and a constant search for better benefits and packages. However, I believe once a person finds a company that fits everything they’re looking for, it’s not unusual to plant roots and grow your career with that company.
In a generation where it’s almost mandatory for both spouses to work to provide a living, job seekers are looking for more than just good pay. A flexible work/family life is top on most lists. With both spouses working, having the opportunity to still be involved in the day-to-day family activities is crucial. Medical benefits and 401k packages are also a priority. Social Security isn’t a given for our generation. In fact, most financial advisors are only including this in a best-case scenario and strongly urge investors not to rely on this as a possible source of income in retirement.
An ideal work environment is one that recognizes these struggles and offers the most comprehensive package tailored to this generation’s needs.
With this competitive market also comes a responsibility to the job seeker to provide the best possible services to their employer. Strong work ethic, attitude, and creativity will go a long way in any position. If both parties keep these realities in mind, companies will thrive, and employees will be at their best.