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Generation Y accountants want better work-life balance

Generation Y accountants want better work-life balance

Despite high levels of unemployment, Generation Y accountants are optimistic about their future prospects and eager to grasp the varied career opportunities the accountancy profession has to offer.

These young, fresh accountants have high expectations of what the employment experience will provide for them. Gone are the days of being exceedingly “grateful” for the chance to work at a particular firm, they now see work as a two-way street, that provides benefits for both employer and employee.

Last year a joint publication from the ACCA and Mercer, an HR consultancy, described Generation Y as the “über confident generation”, who whilst valuing security are more than prepared to walk away if things are not going according to plan.

Generation Y: Realising the Potential claimed that today’s graduates demand more from employers. They are looking for dynamic careers and many want to use the accountancy training they have received in the broader world of business. 21st century finance professionals have a clear and confident vision of the way their career will progress; they are motivated by money but also want job security.

Employers will still have to pay well to attract good talent but Generation Y candidates also want a good work-life balance and to work for a brand that fits in with their own values.

ACCA UK head Andrew Leck said flexibility is all important to today’s graduates. They want to know where they can go with their qualification. Mobility will have a key role to play when it comes to choosing their career and they feel that changing employers will provide them with broader experience.

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