Millennials More Focused on Fixing Bad Start than the Future

June 7, 2011 ( – New research from SBR Consulting finds only 41% of millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) make saving for retirement a priority.

In online discussions, many expressed zero expectations that Social Security would provide any assistance during retirement and they would have to foot the bill themselves. However, many in this generation are too tied up paying off college debt and saving for their first home.  

The research report said about two-thirds of Millennials are graduating with debt at an average of more than $20,000. In addition, about one-quarter (27%) of Millennials still rely on their parents for financial support to help pay bills, and about one-fifth (22%) help their parents or other family members pay their bills.  

Despite the economic reality, 70% are positive about their future in general.  

The research indicates 70% of Millennials say there is a possibility they will change jobs once the economy improves. About one-half (48%) report they are in a job they do not want to be in, and nearly half (46%) agree the following statement pertains to their situation: “high unemployment, the time it has taken to start my career, and a slow and hesitant recovery have severely hampered my start in life.”   

According to the report many explained that taking a job beneath them was a necessity as they looked for a job in their field or something close to their “dream job.” Others expressed that the job they took may not have been the ultimate job they thought they would find when they graduated but took it for the potential opportunity.  

The top three priorities or needs that are most important to this generation are compensation, flexible work schedule, and opportunity to make a difference.  

Nearly two in five Millennials (37%) say they do not trust big businesses. Millennials have a perception that the companies they work for care more for the company’s financials than they do about the people working at the companies. SBR Consulting noted this will impact businesses as the economy improves and they court this generation to work for them and buy their stuff, but it could work in favor of small to medium size businesses.  

Entreprenuerism is not big with this generation, as only 9% plan to open a business within the next five years.  

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