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What Gen Zers Want From the Workforce

Source: Education Dive

Source: Education Dive

Source: Hallie Busta & Valerie Bolden-Barrett, Education Dive

Generation Z members have admitted that they are confident in their knowledge with technology and whatever that may entail. But, a survey done by Dell technologies reported that 75% of college students expect to learn on the job from co-workers or mentors than online. These interaction create a greater chance for soft skills to be developed. Communication, critical thinking and collaboration seemed to get lost in the shuffle but Gen Z wants it to come back . These life skills are important regardless of one’s field. There also need to more understanding and more communication with the aspects of the workforce and how a timeline works. This can be helped by universities implementing more internship opportunities or seminars about the workforce.

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella says, "I've talked to a lot of employers who say students come in eager, they're prepared, they can tackle the job head-on, but then after six months they want to be promoted or the work becomes tiresome. Those dispositions are things we can help engender in students — to be in there for the long haul, to accept challenges, to understand the complexity of organizations and what it takes to advance to the next level."

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Alisa Verratti