"The paradigm has shifted – millennials expect loyalty from their employer, whereas boomers gave loyalty. It is not A fault or THEIR fault. Downward salary pressure on entry level jobs, competition at all levels, less and less jobs in the market have forced millenials (and other generations) to make spot decisions without the soft landing that has existed in the recent past."
I left my corporate fashion “career” almost a year ago. I still hang out with a few of my old bosses and they often tell me how the “head boss” is constantly asking this very question.
Maybe the fashion industry is a special case, but I feel like a lot of entry level to associate level jobs are suffering from the WalMart syndrome: dumbing down the job description as much as possible so the worker becomes interchangeable and the pay stays down. After almost three years, one promotion, and one requested team change I still spent 60-75% of my time either packing boxes of clothes, hanging/organizing clothes, or managing UPS shipments. Of course my other responsibilities increased, but my pay really didn’t.
Almost a year into the murky waters of career ambiguity and in one of the worst job markets anyone can remember, I am (for the most part) much happier making my own way. I’m building a decent freelance career and I’m about to start on what will hopefully become a new “career” career.
There really isn’t a surefire recipe for stability anymore. The doctor/lawyer/banker path now boasts outcomes too uncertain to justify the financial risk for a lot of people. If every decision is a huge question mark, why not risk your time and your youth on yourself instead of on a corporate job, busting your butt to make some old guy’s dividends increase?