Job Stability Trumps Passion for Majority of College Students, According to Adecco Way to Work™ Survey

Survey Shows 79 percent of Millennial and Generation Z Students are Optimistic about their Future, But Finding a Job is Still the Top Concern

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 25, 2015 — Seventy percent of students would prefer a stable job without a high level of emotional investment or passion over a job with lots of passion but no job security, according to the most recent Way to Work™ survey from Adecco Staffing USA, the nation's leading provider of recruitment and workforce solutions. The survey also found that while the majority (79 percent) of students are optimistic they will find a job in five months or less, finding a job is still their top concern.

Adecco conducted the survey of 1,001 Millennial and Generation Z students as part of its Way to Work™ program, which helps prepare students and recent graduates for internships and job opportunities. Members of 'Gen Z' surveyed, who are between the ages of 18-20, appear to already have differences in their priorities and concerns compared to their Millennial counterparts.

"We're on the cusp of a new era," said Joyce Russell, president, Adecco Staffing, USA. "With the first group of 'Gen Z' now in college, it will be fascinating to learn how this new generation of the labor force differs from Millennials in terms of their aspirations, outlook, expectations and priorities."

To view the survey findings and better understand how Generation Z differs from Millennials, please view our “Generation Z vs. Millennials” eBook here. To learn more about Adecco's Way to Work™ program, including its *CEO for One Month internship opportunity, as well as to access resources to help students and recent graduates land their dream job, please visit Adecco's Way to Work™ Career Center.


This report presents the findings of an online survey conducted by ORC International from March 2-11, 2015, among 1,001 U.S. students that are currently in college, or recently graduated within the last few months aged 18-24. The margin of error for this study would be plus or minus 3.2 percent had it been a probability study (inclusive of all persons in the universe).

444 respondents fell into the category of Generation Z (those born after 1995), and 557 fell into the Millennial generation (those born between 1980 - 1995). The first members of 'Gen Z' are now entering college and while they are still young, differences between this group and Millennials are starting to appear.