“This is not a shy bunch,” he says. “They’re much more confident and assertive about their goals, and a lot more knowledgeable about employers, than Millennials were at the same age.” Dan Black, Former Head of Recruiting at Ernst &Young http://fortune.com/2016/08/14/generation-z-employers/
My business partner and I have done a mammoth 3hr recruiting stint today. I did a previous one at another prestigious business school for an earlier internship we were offering and the results were very much the same.
We had a choice.
When recruiting Gen X and Y 10 years ago, I can safely say we had a choice of 2. But never 3 or 4! This situation is crazy. What it means is that the competition is now higher than ever before and the bar is higher still.
Our applicants today were straight A students with extra curricular activities.
Let’s just compare this to my CV at age 19 shall we?..(I am paraphrasing somewhat but you get the picture..)
19, Wants a first but will probably get a 2:1 by cramming, Philosophy and Theology graduate who doesn’t know how to use Word or PowerPoint and doesn’t use email even though it’s 1999. More interested in boys, beer and playing the guitar/ Irish fiddle (badly).
Why a number of ad agencies in London interviewed me I will never know but unsurprisingly, I didn’t get much further. When I waltzed into their offices aged 30 to show them how to build better software products, I felt a lot better. But it took me over 10 years to learn how to sell myself and my company.
Today’s interns are a different kettle of fish.
They are worldly wise already. They may even have already made the leap to live in a different country at the tender age of 19/20 even if they are stuck at home for the short-term saving money. They often speak more than one language and it isn’t just holiday French or German. They present a pristine image.
I am in awe of their ambition, intellect, confidence and bravery.
But that’s not even the weirdest thing. I have been here before. After 11 years of recruiting I have now seen my fair share of grads. The Gen Y’s have somewhat of a bad rep but I believe they have a shorter route to the work life balance that us Gen Xers who didn’t really manage that one at all.
What’s more, they will do all of this while still achieving their life goals aka Tim Ferris https://www.amazon.co.uk/4-Hour-Work-Week-Escape-Anywhere/dp/0091929113. While they are industriously going about their business we reprimand them for their 10 O’Clock starts. But by 11am they have already taken over the world while we Gen X’ers have just about managed a coffee and a donut.
But they still weren’t as slick as Gen Z.
Gen Z are prepared.
Gen Z are listening to podcasts about productivity while working out at the gym.
Gen Z is coming and your latest offspring will probably be working for them.
Hell, you will probably be working for them..
Steph Chamberlain, CEO Magic Milestones Limited.
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