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In the United States they have dubbed it “The Big Quit,” the wave of millions of covid workers who have resigned and sought new employment. However, the phenomenon is prominent in Germany and has not spared Italy. Since the beginning of the pandemic, about 26 percent of young people have left their jobs, looking for new opportunities. However, this is not simply a professional repositioning, but a real revolution taking place in the labor market in which the view of the relationship between life and work is totally different from what current systems accommodate. At the root of the large resignations is not from ambition and the desire to find better pay, but today’s young people update their CVs and polish their LinkedIN profiles mainly to escape from a bad relationship with their boss or work-life imbalance (B). Corporate burnout is a real phenomenon that is transforming the needs and goals of young people (C) . People are seeking more flexibility, opportunities for growth and stability. Remote work has broken the awkwardness around the contestation of the traditional way of thinking about office work, acting as a catalyst for change. After a taste of the undeniable benefits of smart-working, it is one element of the pandemic that we are destined to carry on for a long time. In addition to workplace flexibility, it is also a new frontier for how to handle motherhood and fatherhood or how and when to travel, creating space for new lifestyles. The even younger age group (18-25) is triggering the beginning of the YOLO Economy (You Only Live Once), a world in which the power of individual labor is devoted only to companies in line with their values (D). There is more to expect from the new generation at work: digital natives are becoming increasingly autonomous. Amidst the endless opportunities provided by programming languages and social media platforms, the youth of the future are not afraid to talk about money, to discuss improving their financial, professional and mental well-being. In the future, passion, work and money mean the same thing; it is the generation that is aware of its professional value. The demographic crisis ahead is another catalyst for an increase in worker bargaining power. Poorer wages and the rapid aging of the population now almost totally remove any prospect of retirement for young people. The time is right to reinvent how we conceive of young people’s approach to the world of work. The time is right to introduce new types of junior contracts in which, for example, there is a rotation period between roles before a final decision is made. Six months as a linux systems engineer and six months as a DevOps engineer is a good good combination that enriches the skills for both roles and, in the end, you end up with a profile that is not only complete from a technical point of view, but also more aware and convinced of the choice to be made. Perhaps the perspective of what it really means for the future that awaits future generations was the spark that triggered the attitude of entrepreneurship in young people. This foresight will perhaps bring with it the innovations and visions that Italy needs. References

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