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Recently, I came across an intriguing article on how Generation Z is proactively enrolling in courses to sharpen their skillsets as they grapple with the challenges of adapting to conventional in-person workplaces. Companies, universities, and recruiters have recognised the challenges that they face and are investing in training programmes, focusing on indispensable soft skills such as effective client communication and appropriate attire in the corporate world.
For instance, at KPMG, one of the world’s largest accounting firms, full-time hires are immersed in scenarios that simulate real-world interactions. These sessions go beyond the basics, emphasising the art of maintaining eye contact and the power of well-timed pauses during conversations—subtle yet game-changing skills.
Fast forward to 2030, Gen Z will be a formidable presence in the workforce. However, their path to the office has been anything but traditional, thanks to the disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of their internships and classes have unfolded in virtual spaces, leaving them with valid concerns about transitioning to the physical workplace.
Picture the first day in an office environment, devoid of prior experience.It is a challenge that many Gen Zers will need to surmount. This underscores the need for workplaces to establish robust support systems. Employers must not only identify the areas where these young talents require assistance but also foster an environment of open communication where valuable feedback is shared to nurture their growth.
In this month’s issue, we delve into topics that hold utmost significance for young professionals. From mastering the art of professional dressing to honing financial management skills as they embark on their careers. We also glean insights from fresh graduates who reveal their secrets to a successful head start in their careers. Additionally, we gather tips from young professionals on managing mental health in the demanding world of work.
As we move forward, it is imperative for organisations to invest in the future and success of Generation Z. With the workforce landscape undergoing a profound transformation, it rests on our collective shoulders to not only acknowledge but also understand their needs and provide them with the necessary tools to excel. Here’s to a brighter future for the workforce, underpinned by the young professionals who are boldly shaping it.