As the newest generation with a label, more and more employers and analysts are turning their attention to Generation Z, the post-Millennial generation.
Generation Z builds on many of the wishes of Millennials, which should not be surprising. They are a generation born entirely in the digital age and have never been without computers. Perhaps most importantly, they are now getting to the point where they are starting to think about their future careers.
Defining Generation Z
Generation Z is commonly defined as individuals born from the mid-1990s through the mid to late 2000s, although there is not yet an agreed-upon set date range. This puts the Generation Z age range, as of now, roughly between twenty and six. This means many people belonging to Generation Z are in high school or college, and are starting to put serious thought into their future careers.
Generation Z Will One Day Form A Significant Percentage Of The Workforce
Like every generation before them, Generation Z will soon make up a significant percentage of the workforce. They know this, and have already started to think about upcoming careers in demand, many of which may not be invented yet.
New jobs and fields are being created every day – it’s estimated that as many as 65% of students in school today will work in jobs that don’t exist yet. It’s even speculated that most jobs will be remote in the near future, ultimately making technology more important to Generation Z than any generation before it.
Generation Z Wants Work-Life Balance
Millennials have largely led the charge for better work-life balance, with new technologies and the Internet backing their cause. Generation Z is largely expected to continue that trend, wanting to work hard but also to have more control over their work schedules. They have largely shown less interest in salary and more interest in working for companies and leaders they respect.
Even more than Millennials, Generation Z says they want to make a difference in the world with their work. When searching for a career, these are some of the things they will, and arguably should, be looking for.
They Realize The Importance Of Technology
While surveys have shown that Generation Z actually prefers face-to-face communication over other forms, Generation Z is also shaping up to be a much more entrepreneurial generation than Millennials. That doesn’t mean Gen Zers are starting to shun technology, however. If anything, Gen Zers have been more engulfed in technology than any generation that’s come before, and they highly value communication in all its forms.
It’s simply a part of how they live their daily lives. That being said, more Gen Zers have displayed a desire to work for medium-sized companies, rather than large corporations, or, more surprisingly, startups.
They Are Very Loyal, But That Loyalty Has To Be Earned
Like Millennials, people born in Generation Z have seen the decline of company loyalty with the mass layoffs that happened during the 2008 recession. On the whole, workers simply don’t stay with the same company until they retire anymore, and Generation Z, along with the Millennials, have adapted to that by switching jobs to get better opportunities.
That being said, they want to be loyal to a company and to their bosses, but not just any boss. They want their boss to be a leader they can look up to and respect, rather than just be the guy or gal who gives orders. They want honesty and openness at work, and want their ideas and contributions to be considered and valued.
So What Careers Will Be Good For Gen Zers?
Several career paths (the ones that currently exist, anyway) are already looking like good matches for members of Generation Z. Environmental science, for example, will be a field in high demand as environmental resources continue to be taxed heavily by human influence and existence.
So will healthcare professions, as large swaths of people from earlier generations, most significantly the Baby Boomers, are aging and retiring.
Tech careers are going to be popular too, like cyber security, information systems management and web design. Becoming a web designer requires practice and possibly formal education, though it is not required.
Many successful web designers do not have a formal education on the subject. That being said, a degree in web design will be very helpful in getting a better job opportunity. Many technical schools offer specific programs in web design that can be a much better option than traditional four-year colleges for students wanting to enter this field.
Generation Z is set to continue in the footsteps of their “older sibling,” Millennials, in many ways. They want better work-life balance, are very tech savvy and don’t particularly want to work for giant corporations, instead preferring to work for small and medium companies. The future is in their hands – and the future looks bright.