To those graduating college this year: We salute you. You've worked hard for years and now you're setting off into the great unknown, a.k.a. the real world, a.k.a. it's time to get a JOB.
But there are a few key differences about the job hunt for recent grads versus, say, their parents' generation, and it isn't just LinkedIn or a deep sense of angst: It's that Millennials are actually cool with getting paid less money -- in exchange for the things money can't buy.
New research from the management consulting firm Accenture found that above all things -- even money -- millennials are seeking out jobs that offer a "positive social atmosphere" at work. MTV News spoke to some newly minted graduates and soon-to-be-graduated students, who broke down what they're looking for in a job and why a high-paying salary might not be at the top of their lists.
We Want To Have Fun At Work
Jordan Myrick, an actor who's about to graduate from NYU's Tisch School of The Arts, told MTV News she's looking for "anything that sounds fun and hopefully pays."
Companies like Google are known for their whimsical office spaces. The design company Pearlfisher even has a massive ball pit for its employees. Nothing like a play pit to get the creative juices flowing!
We Want To Work Hard And Make A Difference
Not only do millennials want an upbeat work space, they want to be challenged. CNN Money, also citing the Accenture study, reported that "after salary and benefits ... challenging work (39%)" took the spot as their second most-desired part of a job.
Challenges offer an opportunity to make real, meaningful change, both personally and professionally. Danielle Noriega, who just graduated from Rutgers University, told us that in her job search, she's looking to help advance Latino millennials in media.
"[I'm looking for] an opportunity to bring my culture [into] my job," she said. "So many of us distance ourselves from the culture or don't take the time to learn the language. I'd like to have a job that would give me the opportunity to change that or at least be part of the process."
We #youths may get a bad rep for being lazy, narcissistic and a bunch of other negative things, which by the way, have been said about every other generation. But all signs point to this: We want to work, we want to work hard and we want to love what we do. Sounds like a pretty good example to me.
Now, I'm off to go convince my bosses to install a giant Slip 'N Slide in the MTV News office.