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Gen Z rising

OVERVIEW

As the first crop of Gen Z talent joins the future workforce, new grads hold traditional work values with a digital spin. For the first time in years, there is an uptick in the number of new college graduates wanting to work for large companies. They are willing to commit and ready to roll up their sleeves. In return they want an engaging employee experience that takes full advantage of their degree, including the digital skills they bring to the table.

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Gen Z comes flexible and prepared

The vast majority of new graduates (88 percent) considered job availability before selecting their major. Seventy-five percent of new grads are willing to relocate for a job. And they bring confidence in their ability to contribute, with 78 percent feeling prepared for today’s digital workforce.


Large employers are well positioned

New graduates return to more traditional workplace values: a clear career path and stability, training and mentoring, and competitive compensation. Large employers are best positioned to provide the employee experience new grads desire.


Digital natives crave the human element

New grads rate communications, problem-solving and management savvy as the top skills they are looking to develop. A significant number (42 percent) show a preference for in-person meetings. And recent graduates working for large companies rank a supervisor who will mentor and coach as a top priority.



88%

of new grads considered job availability before selecting their major

COUNTRY FINDINGS

Learn how the expectations of Gen Z graduates in your country compare to other countries.

GRADS' EXPECTATIONS

Watch the video to learn first-hand from college graduates what their expectations are as they enter the workforce.

Reality falls short of expectations. Underemployment is a growing problem, as more than half of recent grads surveyed in 2017 consider themselves underemployed.
Gen Z underemployed trend data

RECOMMENDATIONS

VIEW THE GEN Z RISING INFOGRAPHIC [PDF]

Large employers have an opportunity to capitalize on the inherent match between what they can offer and what Gen Z grads are looking for:


Digitize recruiting

DIGITIZE RECRUITING

Use technology to reach new talent pools at low cost.

Cross-train

CROSS-TRAIN

Create a boundary-less project assignment and staffing model.

Connect the dots

CONNECT THE DOTS

Make each employee’s total rewards line up to the value system of the new generation.

Plan for growth

PLAN FOR GROWTH

Develop an individualized skills and career plan for new hires.

Coach for success

COACH FOR SUCCESS

Assign incoming employees coaches to help leverage their strengths and guide career paths.

HIGHLIGHTS

INVESTING IN NEW TALENT PAYS OFF

Companies that reward
graduates' practicality with
a personalized, challenging
employee experience
that takes full advantage
of their college degrees
will reap the benefits.




Those grads are
2.5X
more likely to commit to
their employer for 5+ years.








AUTHORS

CONTRIBUTORS
Michael Loiero      
Torin Monet      
Caroline Ott      
Stephanie Woo      

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