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The legal millennial

Generation Y’s focus on varied tasks and work-life balance isn’t about being work-shy; it’s about being flexible to get the best out of employees, explains Charlotte Parkinson

7 August 2017

The children of the “baby boomers”, the millennials, or generation Y, vary in age in different publications, but common consensus is that the term refers to someone born between the early 1980s and the late 1990s. Millennials started their careers either working through or dealing with the after-effects of the recession and record-high levels of debt. They may have invested more than those before them and entered a legal profession more competitive than ever. In them, firms have more committed, educated, and rounded employees.

Millennials have been described as no longer having the loyal attitude of previous generations, but as the ones prepared to speak out and say “we need to do something differently”. It seems to be less about extreme salaries and making equity partner and more about the work-life balance and variety. So what do junior lawyer millennials really want?

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