Generation Z & Future Employability Skills
In the wave of computerisation, global connectivity and automation across our workforce, it’s estimated 40% of our jobs will be threatened by computerisation in the next 10-15 years. The jobs which are more likely to be safe are those that require:
- High levels of creativity and problem solving
- High levels of social interaction and EQ
- High levels of dexterity*.
These skills will be at a premium for Generation Z so are key areas to focus development on for Gen Z staff. Soft skills such as face to face communication, interpersonal communication skills, conflict management skill will be of great value. Gen Z will need to be lifelong learners, be agile and adaptive to changing job roles and tasks with increased automation, and be responsive to new markets.
It is estimated that Gen Z will have 17 jobs across 5 different careers in their lifetime. Gen Z will not be thinking ‘job for life’ – they will be thinking about job mobility rather than job security as they will need to continue to adapt to the changing external environment. They will be looking to gain transferable skills that they can continue to build on as their career develops.
Key skills for emerging generations to develop include:
- Creative thinking
- Problem solving
- Analytical skills
- Ability to ask the right questions
- Innovation & entrepreneurial thinking
- Communication skills.
The future of work and the emerging generations is unpacked with interactive video sessions in the Generation Z Online Masterclass at www.genzmasterclass.com.
*Sources: CEDA, Australia’s Future Workforce? http://www.ceda.com.au/research-and-policy/policy-priorities/workforce