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Millennial Graduates: An insight into the job expectations of Millennials, focusing on those who have completed a Graduate Programme within the retail sector in Ireland

Ryan, Paula (2017) Millennial Graduates: An insight into the job expectations of Millennials, focusing on those who have completed a Graduate Programme within the retail sector in Ireland. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Millennials are fast becoming the driving force in the workplace and bring with them a change to the traditional ways of working within business organisations. Millennials are considered to be ambitious, have unrealistic job expectations, and prone to job hopping. By truly understanding the job expectations of millennials who have completed a graduate programme within Ireland, it should enhance a business’s ability to retain these talented employees.

Stemming from the information discovered in the literature review, the researcher focused their research question on: “Millennial Graduates: An insight into job expectations of Millennials, focusing on those who have completed a Graduate Programme within the retail sector in Ireland.” The researcher chose to use a qualitative research method and applied a phenomenological approach to the study. Purposeful sampling was applied as six interviews were conducted with participants who were born between 1981 and 2000 and had completed a two year graduate programme within the retail sector in Ireland. All participants had completed third level education and had a minimum bachelor’s degree. Moustaka’s seven steps of data analysis were used to guide logical identification of job expectation themes.

The researcher discovered through the findings that millennials who have completed a graduate programme expressed that they are driven by career progression. Upon completing the graduate programme, they want a clear career path set out for them with short-term milestones and regular feedback from their manager. Participants sought mentors who were on the senior management team and who displayed a genuine interest in 'their professional development and career path. These millennial graduates expressed their need for responsibility combined with support from their managers. They want to take risks and make decisions, relying on their manager’s support when required.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Employee Retention
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Classes of Labour > Graduate Employment
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Specific Industries > Retail Industry
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2017 11:26
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2017 11:26
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2797

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