I think the key flaw in the quiz is question 6, about how important is it to be successful in a high-paying career. This needs to be unbundled into two parts: how important is it to be successful in one’s chosen career, and how important is it to be in a high-paying career. To the extent there is a significant generational shift between baby boomers and millenials/Gen X, I think it’s the attitude shift away from the postwar “salaryman” stereotype and toward the current trend of having several different careers across several different companies over a lifetime. The boomer “salaryman” stereotype has been on the decline since the 1980’s, just as Gen X came of age and entered the workforce in the 1990’s. Millenials’ attitudes toward career choices and golden handcuffs reflect a continuation of the Gen X trend, and have sharpened in recent years as the economy continues to sputter. So, while I think both boomers and millenials will agree that it is important to be successful in one’s career, I think you will find millenials more than boomers putting a lesser emphasis on earning a high salary. Not that millenials won’t take money on the table, but money is only one of many work/life balance factors.
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