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Meet Josh. He’s an audit associate at KPMG. Josh is featured in the most recent issue of Fortune’s cover story about today’s twentysomethings, who “have their own rules” with regard to the workplace. Fortune thinks this is a cute way of saying “here are a bunch of entitled brats—enjoy!” (and it sort of is, the rapscallions). Josh, who has a “broad networker’s smile,” a “stiff white collar,” and wears “polished onyx cufflinks,” thinks KPMG should work for him.
With a “body made for gladiator movies,” Josh knew that he needed to have a job where if he had to take off for a few weeks, he had to take off for a few weeks, and that would be okay. KMPG proved itself to Josh when they told him he could tailor his schedule to train for a bodybuilding competition. The firm also “got his attention” when it kowtowed to his demand to be moved to New York, Josh’s “chosen city.” In fact, he was so impressed by the fact that KMPG “got” what he’s about, that Josh said to himself, “You know what? This firm has shown a commitment to me. Let me in turn show some commitment to the firm.” And he didn’t stop there. Joshua also came up with a sexy analogy: “This is a merger, if you will—Josh and KPMG,” he said, with a twinkle in his eye. The article doesn’t mention anything about the J-man sending his superiors out to pick up his lunch/dry cleaning/tab at Scores, but this was likely just a copy oversight.
Is Josh representative of all twentysomethings in the work force today? Are first-year analysts no longer earning their keep in Keith’s favorite position, the ankle grab? Are they cutting out at 8 instead of 11 (or 12 instead of 2, during big deals)? Or is Josh merely one man, one prick, one gladiator? You tell us.
Attracting the twentysomething worker [Fortune]