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Female millennial career stages: the guide [infographic]


The female millennial – women born between 1980 and 1995 – is a huge and growing proportion of the global talent pool. But millennials have a considerably different outlook to the generations that came before them. So how do employers and team managers deal with that non-traditional foundation?

To get some insight into the differences, PriceWaterhouseCoopers conducted a study of 8,756 female millennials from 75 countries.

The study (outlined in the graphic below) found that the female millennial is more highly educated, has higher levels of workforce participation, higher levels of career confidence, and correspondingly higher levels of career ambition.

Their work profile was delineated in the PWC study by three stages.

The Career Starter

This woman is typically in a junior position with 0-3 years of work experience under their belt. They are focused on getting the hang of work life, workplace culture and practices. Only 14% have completed an international assignment or project. They have generally worked for 1-2 employers, but just 3 of the 2,873 in this category were CEOs.

At home, the Career Starter is predominantly single, with only 11% being mothers. Of those with partners, 43% earn an equal amount to their partner, while 18% are the primary breadwinner.

The most attractive employer trait for them offering opportunities for career progression.

The Career Developer

This woman is predominantly in a junior- to mid-level management position, with 4-8 years of experience. They are by now accustomed to the workplace, have typically worked for 2 employers, and are focused on developing their expertise, discovering their areas of impact and progressing their career.

Around 21% have completed an international assignment or project, but just 12 of the 3,145 women in this category were CEOs.

At home, they are predominantly living with partners or married, and 24% are mothers. 43% earn equal salaries to their partner/spouse and 24% are the primary earner.

The most attractive employer trait for them is offering competitive wages and financial incentives.

The Career Establisher

This woman is further along the career path, with 9 or more years of experience. They will largely have developed a reputation as a subject or skill expert and are focused on establishing their profile as a leading expert — both internally and externally — and honing their leadership style.

Around 27% have completed and international assignment, and 38 of the 2,242 in this category were CEOs.

At home they are predominantly married, and 49% are mothers. 42% earn an equal salary to their spouse, and 31% are the primary earner.

Like the Career Starter, the most attractive employer trait is offering opportunities for career progression.

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Female millennial career stages: the guide [infographic]

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1 Comment

  1. Jane

    September 15, 2016 at 4:37 am

    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Perfectly written!

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