Morrissey Goodale Recruiting Flash
Vol. 4 Issue 2
By the Numbers
AE Firms that expect to increase headcount in 2017
Question Time

In what areas
do educational institutions need to do a better job in preparing
new graduates for a career in the AEC industry?
Attention to detail Technology
Leadership Verbal communications
Management skills Work ethic
Problem solving Written communications
Project management Other
Recruiting Brief

Introducing Generation Z

Just when you thought you finally had millennials figured out, here comes Generation Z, the more than 70 million Americans born roughly between 1995 and 2012 who are just starting to graduate from college and enter the workforce. Having grown up during the Great Recession and worried about soaring college debt, post-millennials are more conservative than their predecessors, according to David Stillman, co-author of the new book “Gen Z @ Work.” Gen Zers are likely to stay with companies longer than the previous generation. Stillman’s research found that 75% of post-millennials report they are willing to start at the bottom of a firm and work their ways to the top, and more than 60% are willing to stay at a company for 10 years or more. Another defining characteristic of Gen Z is that they have not known a world without an Internet and came of age with smart phones and social media, so it’s not surprising that Stillman’s research found that 91% of Gen Z say technological sophistication would factor into their choice of workplaces.

Recruiting Brief

Class of 2017 Hiring Outlook

Reflecting the more conservative nature of Generation Z, this year’s crop of new college graduates is less likely to take risks and seek jobs with startups. According to a survey of 2017 college graduates by Accenture, the percentage seeking employment at large companies is up 37% over last year’s class. Prospects are brightening for those now entering the workforce according to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) that found more than 37% of employers expecting to increase their hiring of new graduates in 2017 and only 9% forecasting a reduction in bringing aboard new grads. NACE projects the average salary for members of the class of 2017 with bachelor’s degrees in engineering will be $66,097, up nearly 2% from last year. The average salary for new graduates with master’s degrees in engineering is projected to be $75,053, up 1.6% from the previous year, while it is expected to be $95,973 for those earning doctoral degrees in engineering, up slightly more than 1% from 2016.