07/26/2013 01:59 pm ET Updated Jul 26, 2013

Millennials Who Want Careers, Not Just Jobs, Should Watch This Video

The research tells us young people are dead set on making a difference with their careers. But the walk doesn't always match the talk, so what gives?

That's exactly what Fagan Harris, Co-Founder and Director at the Impact Careers Initiative at The Aspen Institute, aims to uncover. He sat down with Dan Koh from HuffPost to discuss barriers to entry for Gen-Yers seeking social change careers.

"We're looking at the career profile of millennials -- why do they make the choices they do in the labor market, and how we can ask and empower more millennials to pursue impact careers."

Harris defines an impact career as anything that ultimately makes a difference, citing social entrepreneurship, government, nonprofits and journalism as examples.

Harris talked about the recently released study from the Aspen Institute Impact Careers Initiative and said young people might need more coaxing from the social sector in the early stages of their career.

"What we also found is a lot of young people need to be asked," he said. "At the end of the day, it's really tough to take on a non-traditional path if you don't see other people doing it."

Watch the entire interview above.

This video is part of a series of interviews with speakers, attendees and panelists at The Aspen Ideas Festival, produced by The Huffington Post in conjunction with The Aspen Institute. For more videos from the series, click here. For more information about The Aspen Institute, click here.



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