Social significance? A contribution to the climate? Fairy tale? There is very little of that in the top 10 companies that young people like to work for. What, for example, is Shell’s or the Tax Authorities’ appeal?
Traditional employers are more attractive to young people than start-ups or high-growth companies. This appears from the periodic survey of sixteen thousand people’s job preferences by the Intelligence Group, which specializes in labor market data. Last year’s figures up to 1 April 2022 show the following top 10 for young people up to 30 years of age:
1. State administration
7. Tax authorities
10. Mental health care
What is striking is that social significance, a contribution to a better climate and adventure are largely missing from this list. What’s up with that? Young Fleur Donker and Joël Timmerman explain.
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Helps with energy conversion
Fleur Donker (26) has a three-year internship at Shell Sales Company BV. After Hotel Management School in Maastricht, she went to Nyenrode: “I also wanted to work in the food companies Unilever and Kraft-Heinz, but I was more curious about the world of an energy company. Everyone knows these companies by heart, but few inside. I can learn so much .’
That move turned out exactly as Donker hoped. “There is so much happening at Shell in the Netherlands that I had no idea, and the relationships are so different, from start-ups to concerns. I won’t be bored here for the time being. There are many opportunities for different positions. .”
However, Donker doesn’t believe in a career plan that is worked out down to the last detail: “Everyone I ask about it says that chance played a big part. It’s better to be flexible and willing to learn and keep doors open. especially at a company , which is in such a state as Shell.”
The fact that Shell sometimes has a negative image does not bother her. “I know much more about the ins and outs of this company than people who form their judgment from the outside. I can also help realize the transition to climate neutral.”
I quickly felt at home at Skat because of the pleasant and good colleagues. They have so much expertise.
Reverse negative image
Joel Timmerman (26) also experiences that the image sometimes does not match reality. He works at the Tax Office Groningen as a VAT specialist. “The Tax and Customs Administration is still in good shape as an employer, apart from all the negative news. If I get an annoying question, I answer that I would like to contribute positively to Tax and help turn negativity around.”
Timmerman chose this employer after studying tax law at Hanzehøjskolen. “When I was a student, I wanted to do an internship at one of the big four accounting firms, but my average grade was just too low. The tax authorities hired me, and after three weeks I already felt at home, especially because of the good and pleasant colleagues have a a lot of professional knowledge, I underestimated that. There is substantive consultation and the degree of independence and diversity is very good. I have quickly dealt with VAT questions about blind interpreters, undertakers, solar panels and cryptocurrencies. And the many holidays and other secondary matters also spoke to me .”
Timmerman can’t see himself taking a step towards a startup or scaling up in the near future. “I really feel at home, also because of the group of much younger people. I also enjoy living in Groningen, and many start-ups are located in the west.”
The ambition to still work in one of the big four audit firms is no longer there either. “I would prefer to work for Skat for a long time, especially because of the depth and breadth of expertise here – from psychologists to data analysts. They offer so many opportunities.”
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