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Understanding the Millennial Engineer target group in the U.S. with a focus on the adaptation and adjustment of expectations of new hires through organizational socialization processes for thyssenkrupp Presta North America

  • Already having surpassed the previous generation in terms of size of the workforce, Millennials have received extensive attention in media and literature. As critical as this generation might be portrayed in media and sometimes also academic literature, the reality and underlying message of it all is that this generation is rapidly entering the workforce with high expectations, implications are made and companies need to react and adapt accordingly. For a company like thyssenkrupp Presta North America, consisting mainly of employees with an engineering background and seeking for these in a highly competitive job market, understanding this generation, specifically the Millennial Engineers, in order to successfully recruit and retain candidates is imperative for successfully operating in the future. Being natives to information technology, highly motivated, ambitious and determined, Millennials have the potential to have an extremely positive impact on the success of businesses. Reported high self-esteem and narcissistic characteristics make this generation require extensive adaptation and adjustment. Change in the engineering role is happening towards a more dynamic workplace. A modern engineer works in a team environment and interfaces with many different stakeholders. With this development in recent years away from the very traditional role of an engineer, the importance of social and soft skills greatly increased. In order to facilitate this, the processes of organizational socialization play a major role and are an opportunity for employers to influence and shape the adjustment. A well-structured process facilitates adjustment and positive long term outcomes. The question was raised, whether the high expectations of Millennial engineering graduates before their first job reported in literature will change once the work life has been entered. Through a series of qualitative interviews with Millennial engineers at thyssenkrupp Presta North America, the high expectations reported previously were not found. The main objective for the employees surveyed was to simply get started in the work life. In regards to change of expectations, however, much greater emphasis on career progression and training and development possibilities was placed.

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Author:Nico Schott
Advisor:Armin Trost
Document Type:Bachelor Thesis
Year of Completion:2017
Granting Institution:Hochschule Furtwangen
Release Date:2017/03/09
Functional area:Human Resource Management
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich gesch├╝tzt