June 12, 2012
Generation Z are generally recognised as being born between 1995 and 2009, they are sometimes known as the ‘connected generation’.
As of today the oldest will be up to 17 years old so they will possibly still be in education or recently entered the world of work.
They will defined by the technology that surrounds them now and many when entering the workplace over the next 15 years will be doing jobs that don’t exist today.
They are growing up in an ever changing world where the emerging economies have emerged in a sustainable ways that will affect their careers. By nature of this and the ease of global communications makes the world a small place ……..their career coaching needs to appreciate and reflect this.
Career coaching and advice Generation Z will have received will have been a mix of parental advice and school careers guidance.
To work out their individual career coaching needs we look at their specific career traits.
I.E they are growing up in testing times which can only get better so need to keep options open and they will be very smart users of technology.
Career Coaching for Generation Z needs to be generic and not industry specific, it should lean towards a selection of key areas and then have a simple, long term, user friendly plan which encourages people to continually seek career coaching throughout their lives.
Encouragement to learn new languages
Coaching on the global nature of work in the future
Technology and digital communications will be easy for them , flexible ways / styles of working are well accepted and work / life balance a key driving factor
Specific skills and qualifications need to analysed and articulated in a way that reflects their transferable nature, as they may have trained in a different field
A reliance on online networking needs to be addressed and traditional networking approach (offline!) to the job market will need to be developed
A transferable skills based CV is important as are supporting statements that accurately relate their abilities to new career opportunities
Generation Z’s goals may yet be formulated but they will know what they like, how they are motivated and what their key personality traits area
The Career Management Organisation can provide tailored packages of career coaching the Generation Z, contact Rob Moore, Director to hear more.