Money. Contrary to what widely-accepted stereotypes indicate, entry-level millennials do not demand a six-figure salary. Thirty-nine percent of millennials expect to make between $35,000 and $55,000, which is realistic given that the national average for entry level jobs falls somewhere around $40,000.
In addition, millennials do try to gain experience. They seek internships and participate in extracurricular activities that will help bolster their resume. In fact, the majority of our survey respondents (68 percent) believe that they will hold or have already held between one and four internships prior to graduation.
Leadership. One millennial stereotype that holds some validity is their eagerness to climb up the corporate ladder. I recently interviewed a handful of entry-level millennials and without fail, these candidates inquired about learning opportunities, career trajectories and promotion cycles. This isn't to say that they expect to be gifted a promotion — they realize that they must work hard and perform well — but there is absolutely a sense of urgency that exists for millennials around receiving greater responsibility in the workplace. This observation was mirrored in our survey, which found that opportunity for growth is the most important element of a first job.