• Gen Z is here. Are you ready?

    Generation Z – those born after the mid-1990s – are tech-savvy, digital natives to the core and they’re joining your workforce. They bring new skills, high expectations and a desire to shake things up.

    Gen Z is here. Are you ready?

    Generation Z – those born after the mid-1990s – are tech-savvy, digital natives to the core and they’re joining your workforce. They bring new skills, high expectations and a desire to shake things up.


    • Research: The Gen Z effect.

      Dell Technologies surveyed 12,000 Gen Z secondary and post-secondary students. Results show they’re confident about their tech skills but unsure about their readiness for the workforce. Meanwhile, senior professionals worry they’ll be outpaced by Gen Z.

      By 2020, Gen Z will make up 20% of a multigenerational workforce. To succeed in the era of human-machine partnerships, business leaders must bridge the digital divide to unleash the power of a diverse and future-ready workforce.

    • About the participants


    • 12,086
      • Gen Z students surveyed,
        ages 16-23

        Representing 17 countries around the globe: United States, Canada, Brazil, UK, Germany, France, Turkey, Australia/New Zealand, China, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines


    • Gen Z deeply understands digital transformation.

      Today’s students have a deep understanding of how technology can transform the way we work and live.





    • Implications for employers and educators:

      •  
      • Tech-first approach

        Technology must be emphasized to appeal to Gen Z – from hiring and onboarding, to the daily work experience.

         

        STEM careers

        Encourage more women to pursue tech jobs, particularly in IT and research/development.

         

        Advanced tech in the classroom

        A.I. and machine learning should be integrated into the learning process early on.

        Tech-first approach

        Technology must be emphasized to appeal to Gen Z – from hiring and onboarding, to the daily work experience.

         

        STEM careers

        Encourage more women to pursue tech jobs, particularly in IT and research/development.

         

        Advanced tech in the classroom

        A.I. and machine learning should be integrated into the learning process early on.

        Tech-first approach

        Technology must be emphasized to appeal to Gen Z – from hiring and onboarding, to the daily work experience.

         

        STEM careers

        Encourage more women to pursue tech jobs, particularly in IT and research/development.

         

        Advanced tech in the classroom

        A.I. and machine learning should be integrated into the learning process early on.

        Tech-first approach

        Technology must be emphasized to appeal to Gen Z – from hiring and onboarding, to the daily work experience.

         

        STEM careers

        Encourage more women to pursue tech jobs, particularly in IT and research/development.

         

        Advanced tech in the classroom

        A.I. and machine learning should be integrated into the learning process early on.

        Tech-first approach

        Technology must be emphasized to appeal to Gen Z – from hiring and onboarding, to the daily work experience.

         

        STEM careers

        Encourage more women to pursue tech jobs, particularly in IT and research/development.

         

        Advanced tech in the classroom

        A.I. and machine learning should be integrated into the learning process early on.

        Tech-first approach

        Technology must be emphasized to appeal to Gen Z – from hiring and onboarding, to the daily work experience.

         

        STEM careers

        Encourage more women to pursue tech jobs, particularly in IT and research/development.

         

        Advanced tech in the classroom

        A.I. and machine learning should be integrated into the learning process early on.

        Tech-first approach

        Technology must be emphasized to appeal to Gen Z – from hiring and onboarding, to the daily work experience.

         

        STEM careers

        Encourage more women to pursue tech jobs, particularly in IT and research/development.

         

        Advanced tech in the classroom

        A.I. and machine learning should be integrated into the learning process early on.



    • Gen Z is confident in their tech skills but unsure about their non-tech skills.

      Gen Zers are full of tech swagger, but they worry about having the right soft skills and experience for the workforce.





    • Implications for employers and educators:

      •  
      • Tech mentorships

        IT leaders should explore programs to address tech skill disparities among workers.

         

        Non-tech skills

        Companies can help Gen Z build soft skills and confidence through internships, job rotations and other programs.

         

        Teaching for success

        Schools must teach students how, not just what, to learn. Critical thinking, logic, judgement and creative drive are skills coveted by employers.



    • Gen Z yearns for more human connection.

      In-person communication is Gen Z’s preferred method of connecting in the workplace.





    • Implications for employers and educators:

    •  

      In-person and virtual workspaces

      Tools like AR, VR and flexible work environments can help teams connect and collaborate.

       

      Multigenerational teams

      Cross-functional, complementary teams can facilitate knowledge exchange and skills development.

       

      Student-led learning

      Also known as self-directed learning, this primary and secondary school practice is easily translated to the workplace.



      • In Their Own Words


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