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Many of us have observed, and much has been written suggesting, that young college graduates of today seem to have a very different notion of a successful work life than the older generations had in their youth. Even many highly accomplished graduates of acclaimed institutions of higher learning choose such an eclectic vocational mix, that the achievers of yester-generations would label them as “lost in life.” And, the excesses and debacles of corporate America have only made the younger generation wearier of a planned and orchestrated career. Yet, attracting and deploying young talent with fresh new ideas is critical to the health of our corporations. How then should modern corporations attract such talent? We have an idea.
Abandon the traditional approach of finding candidates to fill open positions and adopt a new approach of creating attractive positions to suit good candidates. In other words, do away with the notion of established jobs with prescribed titles and assigned roles and responsibilities. Instead, seek to dynamically divide up the work that needs to be done amongst currently available talent. Better yet, when new talent becomes available and recruitable, design roles and responsibilities that would be most suitable and attractive for that individual. We should be looking to attract good people, not looking to fill open positions.
Just as the previous generation, fixated on the notion of lifetime employment, was perplexed at the propensity of the baby-boomers to switch multiple jobs through their career, likewise let us not become fixated on the younger generation sticking to a specific and traditional career in life. Sporting a variety of interests, the younger generation is more likely to pursue many of them at once – not just as hobbies, but as a vocational and lifestyle mix. The best corporations will find ways to accommodate that desire and get the best out of that curiosity and diversity.
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