Generation Z want to work with latest technology

Dell Technologies survey shows Gen Z see technology as positive factor

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Generation Z want to work with latest technology Gen Z are entering the workplace, and they expect technology to be a part of it.
By Staff Writer Published  November 11, 2018

Generation Z - those born after 1996 - overwhelmingly want to work with technology or in the technology field, according to a global survey for Dell Technologies.

The survey of 12,000 people aged 16-23 found that 80% want to work with cutting-edge technology; of those 38% are interested in IT careers, 39% want to work in cybersecurity and 46% aspire to do technology research and development.

Ninety-one percent said that the technology offered by an employer would be a factor in choosing among similar job offers. Eighty percent believe technology and automation will create a more equitable work environment by preventing bias and discrimination.

"It's almost a given that these digital natives have advanced technology and data science skills, but what is surprising is the level of digital maturity they are bringing to the workplace," said Danny Cobb, corporate fellow and vice president of Technology Strategy, Dell Technologies. "Yet we haven't raised a generation of robots. Gen Z sees technology not only as a tool for enabling human progress, but also as a means for levelling the information empowerment playing field. Their combination of vision and optimism is remarkable." 

An overwhelming 89% recognize that we are entering the age of human-machine partnerships: 51% of those surveyed believe that humans and machines will work as integrated teams, while 38% see machines as tools for humans to use as needed.

While most Gen Zers are confident with their technical prowess, they also worry about having the soft skills and experience that employers are seeking. Seventy-three percent rate their technology literacy as good or excellent and 68% say they have above-average coding skills. Even more telling, 77% are willing to mentor an older co-worker who may be less experienced with technology.

Nearly all new graduates (94%) have some concerns about future employment. Only about half (57%) rate their education as good or excellent in preparing them for their careers, and 52% are confident they have the tech skills employers want but not necessarily the non-tech skills.

With up to five generations now in the workplace, businesses must help workers find common ground as they push to create a digital-first culture. Cross-functional teams with complementary skillsets can encourage knowledge exchange and a fresh approach to problem-solving. Internships, rotation programs and other early-career development opportunities can help young professionals gain experience and develop soft skills on the job. And reverse mentorship programs can enhance technical competencies throughout an organization, with Gen Z leading the way.

"Ultimately, those organisations that create a workforce in which all generations are supported will thrive in the era of human-machine partnerships. An integrated workforce is an empowered workforce, one that can help their organisations transform and succeed in the digital future."

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