What You Can Look Forward to – and Learn From – Gen Z

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They’re a few years from hitting the workforce, but you can already learn from “Gen Z,” those born around the start of the new millennium.

A new study from Wikia and Ipsos MediaCT, “GenZ: The Limitless Generation,” surveyed 1,200 Wikia users between the ages of 13 and 18. What they found was a very connected generation, which bodes well for such critical corporate skills as collaboration, curiosity, critical thinking and problem-solving.

“Everyone can learn from the ways in which this unbounded younger generation interacts with technology and is able to quickly adapt to the rapidly changing media landscape,” stated Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikia.

Some of the data from the survey:

  • 60% of Gen Zers say they like to share their knowledge with others online, a sign of collaborative skills.
  • 64% say they contribute to Websites because they like learning about new things.
  • 76% feel that their online experiences will help them reach their goals.
  • 66% say that technology makes them feel that anything is possible.

Sounds like a generation to look forward to in the workplace – and learn from now.

Adapted from Workforce Preview: What to Expect From Gen Z by Dennis McCafferty at Baseline Magazine. Follow Baseline Magazine on Twitter.

Paul Shread is editor in chief of the IT Business Edge technology network.