Continuing with our discussions of the past couple of blogs, I’ve noticed some differences between applicants now and those of a just a few years ago.
It’s become more casual, for one thing, but society has become more casual, so it’s all part and parcel.
The person who sits in front of me now as opposed to the person who sat in front of me 10 years ago is more educated on the process due to the number of times that people change jobs.
I estimate that the people who come in nowadays have averaged seven jobs before the age of 30. When I took this job, I was 21.
People these days seem to be interviewing for a job, not necessarily a career, which is different than a generation ago when people were concerned with where they would be in three to five years, but many these days aren’t sure what they’ll be doing next summer.
That doesn’t only apply to the golf business. People will get hired, start a job and not long afterwards, be looking to see what’s next.
As I mentioned, they’ve got great education and they’ve spent a lot of money on it. University degrees these days cost a lot and they want to capitalize on it.
Going back to the golf industry, when I was an apprentice in the PGA, we knew it would be seven years of being an apprentice, working hard and you may get an associate’s job, then maybe a head professional position. It was all part of the process.
These days, it seems more of a hurry. That doesn’t mean that they’re not willing to work hard, but it does mean that they want to capitalize as quickly as possible on the workforce assets that they’ve accumulated.
So, job applicants are different that what they were 10 years ago, but that isn’t only in the golf business.