Our grandparents wanted security and stability at work. 50 years later, we’ve given up on that to search for something else.


  • For our grandparents, good jobs meant employers that would take care of them.
  • Today’s workers don’t expect security or stability. Instead they want a job that contributes to a fulfilling life and allows them some flexibility.
  • The gig economy is also a relatively new development, though most workers who are holding down multiple part-time jobs are doing so out of economic necessity. 

There’s no one, universal definition of a “good job” today. But the picture I pieced together from interviewing and surveying people at various stages of their lives and careers looks a lot different than it would have a few decades earlier.

For one thing, expectations around job security have changed drastically. I spoke with Rebecca Fraser-Thill, the director of faculty engagement in the Bates Center for Purposeful Work at Bates College and a career coach with the Pivot program (I was one of her coaching clients in 2017), and she said previous generations of workers wanted security and stability from their employers. Today’s workers don’t necessarily expect that — instead, they want a sense of personal fulfillment, whether that comes from one job, two jobs, or a job and a side hustle.

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