A starting salary of $5,500 and changing employers more than 10 times.

These are some of the latest findings of two surveys on the job expectations of degree and diploma holders.

While the examples cited above are extreme, the studies compiled by human resource agencies JobsCentral and Adecco show shifting attitudes and prospects of Gen Y graduates.

With a healthy economy and unemployment hovering below 2 per cent, the ball appears to be in the job seekers’ court.

They make demands that, perhaps a generation ago, would seem outrageous.

But employers are more likely to look for selling points like ability to work with customers and potential to take on bigger roles, rather than focus on an applicant’s paper qualifications, HR practitioners say.