Tech They Get, But A Job May Not Be As Easy According To Gen Z
Starting a career can be a challenge for young people, especially in a time where technology is transforming the way jobs are done and how industries function.
While there's been plenty of debate about automation completely disseminating workplaces as we know them, young people are pretty optimistic about the role technology might play in the future.
According to recent research, 73 percent of people aged between 16 and 23 believe technology and automation will create a fairer work environment and 83 percent of respondents believe social media is a valuable tool for work.
The research conducted by Dell Technologies, found young people believe technology is an inevitable part of the future.
"Generation Z has grown up with mobile devices and social media, so for them, this is the norm," Mark Fioretto, Managing Director, Enterprise, Dell EMC ANZ told 10 daily.
"They shop, interact, learn and search for information using technology. In fact, 65 percent believe technology is changing the world and to succeed you’ll have to understand it," he said.
The global study aimed to determine Generations Z's attitude to the role of technology in the future. The research was conducted in 17 countries, across 12 languages and included 723 people between the ages of 16 and 23.
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The study found the opportunity to work with new forms of technology was one of the motivations enticing young people into work. The research also found that face-to-face communication was preferred by young people when working as compared to communicating via text-messages and apps.
"This generation wants to learn new skills by collaborating, discussing and sharing opinion," Fioretto said.
"Face-to-face communication establishes credibility, rapport and builds trust. Gen Z indicated they were much more likely to ask their boss or a colleague for help, then search for information online, and they expect to learn on the job."
The study also revealed a discrepancy between how confident Generation Z are when using technology and how confident they feel when entering the work force.
In fact, 92 percent of people aged between 16 and 23 have concerns about starting work and only half of these believe their education properly prepares them for a life of work.
"This research shows that while Gen Z understands education is important in preparing them for the future of work, only half believe they have the technology skills employers will want," Fioretto told 10 daily.
"Although they use this technology in everyday life, they need to be shown how it could benefit them in the workplace."
Fioretto said technology will continue to evolve, and it's a matter of how we use it that will influence changes in workplaces of the future.
"As we head into a new decade, the way we work together with machines is rapidly changing," Fioretto said.
"By using artificial intelligence and machine learning we can automate and speed up everyday tasks. This doesn’t mean that robots will replace our jobs; they will need humans to provide context to problem solving and provide an emotional point of view."
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