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An Investigation into Generation Y: Job Expectations and Career Anchors in Post-Brexit Ireland

Keaney, Aoife (2018) An Investigation into Generation Y: Job Expectations and Career Anchors in Post-Brexit Ireland. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This study seeks to investigate the career expectations of Generation Y. The paper also sets out to investigate whether Generation Y consider career anchors when evaluating their career choices.

A cross-sectional study was conducted for this research and responses were gathered using a qualitative approach. Semi-structured interviews and a focus group was chosen in order to generate rich quality data and to have a deeper understanding of the topic while allowing participants to provide their opinions openly.

Further, a thematic analysis was followed to let existing and new themes emerge from the data. The respondents chosen for the study were Generation Y, some of whom are working full-time and others who are just qualified entering the world of work. Participants were selected via convenience sampling.

Following the analysis, a number of significant findings were discovered. In relation to the job expectations of Generation Y, career progression opportunities, training and development, and employee benefits were of high importance. In terms of career anchors, the most considered anchors were autonomy/independence and security/stability. Organisational career management (OCM) practices were found to be a positive feature for Generation Y. Participants disclosed that the implementation of such practices may help retain talented individuals in the workplace.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Careers
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 > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2018 13:25
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2018 13:25
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3326

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