Careers then and now are very different. The mindset of each generation is different too. Back then most people had the mindset to graduate university, find a good job and stick to it for the rest of their lives. This definitely benefits both businesses and people. Businesses could bank on a consistent, long-term workforce, while employees would have a lifetime of stable employment, pay, and benefits.
However, this is not the case anymore in this new era of employment. Career-driven Gen Z candidates are more likely to switch professions in search of a higher wage, more experience, or change in job titles because they are aware of their value and are taking advantage of a robust job market. The majority of Gen Z workers don't only want to work from 9 to 5 every day. They are seeking fulfilling employment where they can make an impact, pick up new skills, and advance their professional careers.
Let’s look at some of the factors that contribute to this matter.
1. They want to explore the industry
Gen Z is known to be the generation that is always full of curiosity and looks forward to learning new things. They were born in an era of rapid innovation and new technologies. Hence, they embrace and demand change, and seek employment with organisations that are upending the status quo. This way of thinking will bring benefits to businesses out there. Companies can make significant progress by actively listening to the suggestions for change made by their younger workforce and act on them.
2. Work-life balance is important to them
Work-life balance is a goal shared by all generations, but Gen Zers are just more vocal about their demands. They want to feel challenged, given independence, and connected to their work. They also appreciate organisations that are considerate of both their employees’ physical and mental health as well as social justice issues. Gen Z is becoming more interested in flexible or hybrid work schedules, comprehensive healthcare coverage, and even four-day work weeks.
3. They seek professional development
Gen Z aspires to advance their careers. They desire to be tested, developed, and mentored by their more experienced colleagues, and will remain with or quit organisations depending on their personal growth prospects. They are the most adaptable generation and they are encouraging businesses to make active development investments. The Gen Z generation is notable for its enthusiastic support of lifelong learning in the workplace.
4. They crave for sense of purpose
Gen Z employees look for positions that support their personal objectives and provide them a sense of purpose. Engagement is a key factor in why Gen Z seeks purpose in their work and wants to feel like they are making a contribution. Having a clear expectation and understanding their roles and responsibilities is the way Gen Z works.
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