Millennials—the generation that by the end of 2015 is going to be the largest percentage of the American workforce— are voicing concern over the lack of career and skill development opportunities at work. According to the national “Millennial Mindset Study” of 1,200 employed Millennials (ages 18 to 33) conducted by online training platform Mindflash, the “lack of company support for training and development” is the No. 1 most surprising aspect of work in the “real world.” Other study findings include:
- Some 88% of millennials are willing to invest personally or sacrifice anything from vacations to coffee habits to train themselves in the skills needed to compete in the workforce today.
- When asked which non-monetary benefit would make them most loyal to their employers almost half (49%) reported employee perks are the way to their hearts with another 26% choosing “invest in my career by training me.”
- When it comes to their assessment of their own skills gaps, “project management (25%) emerged as the top leadership skill Millennials want to develop, followed by “interpersonal communication (21%) and problem solving (20%)