Yesterday presented the initial findings by Brad Karsh on Generation Z, the Globals. This generation is completely different than the Millennials since they take an active approach to their future.
Part of this is because these kids are growing up in a world that is insinuating that a passive approach does not work; that simply waiting for good things to come their way will not happen. They need to react and be proactive.
This group of individuals is getting a kick-start from early classes like Entrepreneurship in the 8th grade. A class of this caliber allows them to get a kick-start on their future; viewing from a personal stand-point what companies are facing in the marketplace today.
Companies like Ernst & Young through their “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” competition are encouraging the young people of this generation to be entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. The competitions are being held at schools like IIT and ITT Tech in Illinois where the presenters get to show their talents and present them in the form of a business. No longer are the kids of today sitting back like the Millennial Generation (Gen Y) and exclaiming, “When will I ever use this in the real world?”
Part of the reason for this new proactive approach is because Global parents are teaching their children to take ownership and responsibility for their own actions. They are doing a whole lot less hand-holding and coddling than the previous generation did for the Millennials. Generation Z is active in their school projects, they volunteer within the community, are doing internships that will prepare them for their future and are engaged in social commitments. Globals differ from the Millennials in that they actively create change within their world as opposed to sitting back, adapting to the world through their flexibility.
Although just as busy and involved as the Millennial Generation, the Globals feel pressure to pursue their skill sets rather than their passions; believing this will help them secure a lucrative future. Just as Drew (the young man pictured in yesterday’s article) is already preparing for college tuition that will help him achieve his goals in four years, other Globals are also taking such a pragmatic approach. The new generation is hoping to not have to rely completely on school loans and lines of credit as past generations have had to do.
As stipulated yesterday, technology is helping the Globals achieve their cause. This primo group of kids has access to information simply by pressing a button or two. The biggest challenge will be if they are unable to process that overload of information into workable skillsets. The other challenge will be if technology fails!
On a personal note, Gen Z may have challenges with their work and personal relationships without technology to intervene. This group does not know how to filter real-live data because they have had social media and other technological factors in place to do that for them. It will be hard for some of them to rely on their own intuition in matters of the heart.
The good thing is that this generation is truly ‘global’ in nature, meaning that they are not fazed by other cultural traditions, skin color, worldly traumas, school shootings, war or debt to name a few, because some of their best friends have been made over the internet and have come from countries that they have never visited. The world is their clamshell.
This new generation will surprise us all with their transparency and inclusion. They will proactively lead their lives into a great future if given the chance. The Globals will show us all how it is really meant to be done! Drew will lead the pack!
For more information, go to http://www.jbtrainingsolutions.com/blog/generation-z-globals.