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72% of young workers say they’ve regretted a new job after starting

By | Jennifer Liu |

On paper, Maddie Machado had what a lot of people would consider a dream job. In September 2021, she started working as a recruiter for Meta, the social media company formerly known as Facebook.

But a few weeks into it, her excitement turned to dread. She’d heard of Big Tech’s problem with workplace diversity and, as a Black and Hispanic woman, felt Meta’s promises to improve weren’t actually happening around her. She felt micromanaged in her day-to-day and that her creativity was being stifled. (Meta declined to comment.)

Machado, 32, felt her new job wasn’t what she was told it would be.

It’s an incredibly common feeling. Some 72% of jobseekers say they’ve started a new job and felt a sense of surprise or regret that the role or company was very different from what they were led to believe, according to a January survey of more than 2,500 millennial and Gen Z jobseekers conducted by The Muse.

New-job regrets are disruptive for workers and employers alike. Roughly 20% of jobseekers say they would quit within a month if their new job isn’t what they expected, and another 41% would give a new job just two to six months before quitting.

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