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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Training Generation Z | Leadership Strategy - Forbes

Generation Z is on the horizon for today’s employers.  With the first cohorts now starting college, these students will soon move into the working world, explains Jason Wingard, dean and professor of the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University.

Generation Z is moving into the working world.
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What can employers expect from these future workers and how will they need to shift their thinking to attract, engage, and retain this talent pool?

Raised in the era of technology and economic upheaval, Generation Z – born in 1995 and onward – are marked by their work ethic, practical approach to education, and embrace of technology. These characteristics have implications for their formal education and ongoing professional development.

The Entrepreneurial Generation
Generation Z are hardworking entrepreneurs. One in four are interested in starting their own business and many have already done so before starting college.  Far from the model of the Silicon Valley generation where tech entrepreneurs dropped out to innovate through startups, Generation Z views higher education favorably. Barnes and Noble College finds that career preparation is the number one reason that students go to college. This generation is looking for practical education to establish their careers and higher education is a stepping stone in their job progression. 

A recent Ernst and Young report advises companies to “feed younger generations’ hunger to learn” as a way to gain a competitive advantage with Generation Z...

Training Digital Natives
Generation Z embraces technology to an extent unmatched by previous generations.  Screens and technology have always been a part of their lives and they expect to access information and engage in educational activities through their devices. Nearly 60% of Generation Z sees YouTube as their preferred way to learn.  Learning approaches that incorporate technology and online instruction are the way to reach this group.

But far from isolating themselves through technology, students in Generation Z see technology as a way to engage with others.  According to Barnes and Noble College eight out of ten students prefer to study with friends and they mainly use Skype to connect with their peers.

Source: Forbes