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Gen Z Workers Say Hustle Culture Is Dead & Seek A New Type Of Job

Focus on work-life balance among Gen Z employees means hustle culture could become a thing of the past as workers prioritize a different type of job

Tue Sep 19 2023

In times gone by, a job for life was seen as the holy grail. 

Then millennial 'side-hustle' culture took over and having an additional job or passion project that earned you some extra cash on the go, on top of your full-time job, was seen as a new barometer of success.

For Gen Z, both ideologies are proving to be outdated. Now, a new mode of employment is on the agenda, one that facilitates work-life balance—emphasis on the 'life' element—and allows for personal and professional growth rather than burnout, as well as adequate remuneration. 

And if these boxes aren’t ticked? Younger employees are prepared to move on to pastures new, regardless of what that might look like on their resume. 

That’s according to recent research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics which found that those aged between 18 and 24 make an average of 5.7 career changes throughout their working lives, whereas those aged between 45 and 52 only move jobs approximately 1.9 times.

This is backed up by data from a 2021 IBM survey which showed that 33% of job-hoppers were from the Gen Z cohort and another study by EBRI which found that, in 2022, 22.3% of workers aged 20 and older spent a year or less in their jobs, the highest figure seen since 2006. 

Enter the 'Lazy Job'

If you want further proof of this new phenomenon, where else to turn to but TikTok. 

Coined by TikTok influencer Gabrielle Judge, the “lazy girl jobs” phenomenon is based on the concept of quiet quitting—AKA doing what is expected of you, but not going above and beyond. 

However, the key to a “lazy girl job” is that you are still paid well, have flexibility with regards to work location, and have the autonomy to get your work done around your schedule and not within the confines of a traditional nine to five.  

As Judge explains: “There’s a lot of jobs out there where you can make $60-$80k, so pretty comfortable salaries, and not do that much work, and be remote.”

If your current position isn’t delivering what you set out to achieve, you’re stagnating and not learning anything, or it is leading you down the wrong career path, it could be time to think about switching jobs. You may even choose to switch industries to gain new skills, competencies, a bump in your salary, or better benefits including more PTO or unlimited vacation days. 

If now feels like the right time for a change, the BusinessBecause Job Board is the perfect place to start your search. It features thousands of internships and entry-level positions to get your career off on the right foot, such as the three below. 

Audit Intern (Winter 2024), Beene Garter, Grand Rapids

Beene Garter, A Doeren Mayhew Firm, is always accepting resumes for Audit Interns For Winter 2024. In this temporary position, your primary duty will be the preparation of individual income tax returns from January 4 through April 15. You may also have the opportunity to prepare Personal Property Tax returns, 1099's and basic business tax returns. 

You’ll have completed at least one intermediate accounting course, enjoy the fast pace of working on numerous engagement teams with various audit shareholders, managers, associates, and other interns to complete audits, and you’ll have experience in Excel and an ability to pick other software programs up quickly to get involved with other special projects. View additional details here

Winter Tax Intern (2024)- Woodcliff Lake, NJ, PKF O'Connor Davies, Woodcliff Lake

The PKF O’Connor Davies Winter Tax Internship Program allows students to assist in providing quality tax services to the firm’s clients. Winter Tax Interns are assigned to one of its industry groups to work as a team member on diverse client engagements and get real-world, hands-on experience, allowing you to explore a career in public accounting with PKF O’Connor Davies and assisting in tax scanning and tax return preparation. 

To apply you must have 75% of a Bachelor’s degree in accounting completed from an accredited university or college. See the full job description here

Accounting Intern, Palisades, Austin

Palisades Group is an alternative asset manager in the global residential credit market. It employs a top-down asset allocation approach across residential whole loans, real estate, opportunistic credit, and fixed income markets in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. 

As an Accounting Intern you will be responsible for assisting with accounting and finance functions, funds, and certain client accounts. Working alongside a team of CPAs and finance executives you will assist in month-end closing and the financial reporting processes, collaborate with accounting analysts to prepare and review journal entries and reconciliations, and participate as needed in special department projects. Get more information here

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This article was written by Aoibhinn Mc Bride