'The Great Resignation' and what it means for young professionals

According to reports, we're seeing records number of people leave their job all over the world. According to Microsoft’s 2021 Work Trend Index, 41% of people are likely to consider leaving their jobs within the next year and 46% are planning on making a career pivot soon. I can't help but wonder how this is currently impacting my generation.

And according to this article, it seems like it's a lot of service and retail workers (i.e. those who work in customer-heavy jobs) that are feeling this way. Honestly this is incredibly unsurprising considering the fact that there's been a 400% increase in abuse towards retail workers since the pandemic set in last year. 😓

➡ Of those most likely to throw in the towel, Gen Z are leading the way. 54% of Gen Z workers are considering handing in their resignation. Again this is unsurprising since they account for a huge chunk of workers in the retail and service industry as most of them are still in high school or college/university.

Another reason would be pandemic fatigue. It's hard to feel engaged and excited about the work you're doing when you've spent a large portion of the last 18 months staring at a screen. 😓

➡ And now that things are slowly starting to open back up, it's hard to blame them for wanting to use their time and freedom to do things that make them feel fulfilled in one way or another. 🤷🏾‍♀️

➡ The pandemic has also given us all time to reflect on what's really important; and if you find yourself spending 40 hours a week on work that doesn’t interest you in any way, then you might be thinking that it's in your best interest to find something that does. Now more than ever the importance of taking care of our health (both mentally & physically) is front and center in all our lives.

The final reason for the uptick in resignations among Gen Z would be the new found skills a lot of us gained during the pandemic. Young people are ready to jump into their career and grow in a way that excites them - but on their own terms. According to The Wall Street Journal, The U.S. has seen the highest increase in applications for new businesses since 2007.

➡ With the skills that people have developed while being locked down, they are more confident that ever in what they can do and how they can best support themselves in a way that feels the most authentic.

➡ I have friends and family members that got really good at doing nails, hair, even copywriting or being a virtual assistant. These are all businesses that they can run with simply an Instagram page or an account on Fiverr.

Whether it's to look for professional growth elsewhere or venturing out on their own, Gen Z are making some amazing strides in their careers that sometimes takes people decades to realize. 🙌🏾