Employers have been working with Millennial students for quite a few years, however, are you ready for Generation Z? Generation Z is the new generation of students coming out of college in the next 4-5 years and beginning to enter the workforce. They were born between 1995-2012, so many of the Generation Zs are 21 years old already. We want to help employers who feel challenged with figuring out how to prepare for the newest generation of employees entering the workforce. This article shares information and tips to help employers with Generation Z.
Some of the characteristics of Generation Z (also known as iGen or Centennials) include:
Generation Z is considered the first generation of “Cloud Natives.” They search, compare, and comment on conveniences using their mobile devises at any time and from any location. They are more diverse and have shorter attention spans than Millennials, so employers will want to use multiple marketing methods to reach generation Z.
Traits of Generation Z:
How to Recruit Gen Z: Create A Personalized, Authentic, Candidate Experience
Generation Z as Employees
Once they are hired, employers should offer Generation Z employees freedom for thought, flexibility, and autonomy. From time to time, have a private face-to-face meeting to find out their strengths, goals, and innovative ideas. Gen Z students may have strong needs related to security since they were influenced by the events of 9/11 and the Great Recession growing up, but because of this they are less likely to switch jobs as often as the Millennial generation.
Contact Amy Lane, Fusion Director and Principal Investigator at the Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence at Amy.Lane@metrostate.edu for more information.
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