Talent recruiters in the healthcare industry need to pay attention to the growing number of millennials entering the workforce. According to Pew Research, millennials are now the largest generation in the U.S. consisting of more than 75 million people. Although the data sets used to measure generations tend to differ slightly, it is generally accepted that people born between 1981 and 1997 are members of the millennial generation. As of 2017, that would make the oldest millennials about 36 years old.
Pew Research also reported that millennials are the most highly educated generation to date. As the number of healthcare jobs increases, millennials will likely come to fill those positions.
Millennials in the healthcare industry
Millennials with higher education degrees understand that the healthcare industry is ripe with possibilities. When members of the baby boomer generation retire, they will leave plenty of room for millennials to step in. Because Generation X is smaller in comparison, millennials may have even more opportunities for career advancement as time goes on.
Outside of the workforce, millennials have already begun to shape the future of healthcare. According to Becker's Hospital Review, millennials expect online functionality and convenience, data-driven improvements to healthcare performance and increased personalization. While older members of the healthcare workforce may have trouble adjusting to technology advancements, millennials were born into this technology, making them savvy employees in this digital future.
Attracting millennial talent
It should come as no surprise that millennials prefer to look for work online. Hospital recruiters need to devote resources to placing job listings on industry-specific job boards such as myHealthTalent.com. At the same time, other avenues of engagement cannot be neglected.
The Harvard Business Review reported that millennials place a greater importance on education and learning opportunities at work than previous generations. This information is corroborated by Fortune Magazine, which reported that of surveyed millennials wishing to leave their current jobs, 70 percent cited a lack of leadership training as the primary reason. That makes peer-reviewed journals another successful avenue for job listings. Millennials are eager to learn more and develop their skills and therefore likely to pay attention to the listings they see in educational journals.
Millennials are a force to be reckoned with, especially in the healthcare industry. Recruiters should use the millennial drive for education as part of their toolset for attracting top talent. As the industry trends toward more technological solutions, millennials will be at the forefront of that change.
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