Thinking Aloud

Don't knock millennials who choose purpose over pay cheque

Ask them to dig deep within to discover their core values and align those with jobs on offer

It is easy to scoff at young people who say they choose purpose over pay cheque when job hunting, as they did in a recent survey of 19-year-old Singaporeans' worldviews.

Of the 1,000 plus millennials polled, 42 per cent said of jobs they sought that "the job must be meaningful to me". In other words, the job must give them a sense of purpose. That was the No. 1 consideration by a long shot.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 19, 2019, with the headline 'Don't knock millennials who choose purpose over pay cheque'. Print Edition | Subscribe