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Nurturing Gen Z's Skills in Tech to Aid Economic Recovery
Today’s Gen Z learners are savvy with all things gaming, virtual reality, and technology. From building worlds in Minecraft to levelling avatars in Fortnite or creating videos on YouTube that get millions of hits. They may not know it, but Gen Z are nurturing hard and soft skills every day.
You see, these tasks require a level of digital proficiency. For example, in Minecraft, youngsters can push the boundaries of creativity. When faced with an empty world, they’ll use skills in self-direction and problem-solving to build to scale and persevere when things don’t go as planned.
Likewise, when creating YouTube videos, youngsters use strong communication skills to speak with their audience. But they are also developing transferrable skills in video editing, research, marketing, social media, and digital awareness. These are key skills that every business needs.
Fact is, though, is that these skills aren’t being used where they’re needed - to assist economic recovery. With the pandemic in full swing, the workplace is changing, business is moving online, and more people are working from home. Thus, demand for digital skills has hit a high point and today's learners need a healthy dose of quality careers guidance to maximise their potential.
Preparing Gen Z for a Post-Covid Future Using Technology
According to World Skills UK, 78% of business owners say young people have the basic digital skills they need to be successful in their organisation. Despite this, research highlights that 1 in 4 businesses face a digital skills shortage. This implies a disconnect with the world of work.
The next 20 years will see many traditional careers disappear. The need for real-like business experiences to develop their technology skills is essential. We have already witnessed the arrival of self-service machines. eCommerce has rocketed in the pandemic, with many brands moving online. Equally, schools and young people are adapting to virtual platforms to survive.
With advancements into the digital sphere and with Gen Z already using tech in wonderful ways, it’s time to tap into their knowledge, nurture it, and translate its use in a work context. Not only will this futureproof the skills for tomorrow, but it’ll help youngsters to find a career they enjoy.
However, to reach Gen Z, we must first engage them in relatable ways - through technology. Using tools, such as virtual reality or gamification, to help them learn more about who they are and what careers are out there can inspire purpose, ignite their passions, and prepare them for the future.
Engaging Children in Planning for Their Future -Tech is Key
Chris Jeffries, inventor of our virtual careers platform Launch Your Career, dives into the notion of using immersive technology to prepare young people for the post-pandemic working world. He talks about experimental learning, gamification, and reward to cultivate the skills they need.
As the landscape continues to shift and more businesses adopt digital practices, it’s key to use Gen Z’s desire for gaming and digital platforms to bridge skills gap and aid economic recovery. With 68% of Gen Z saying they’d welcome new tech at work, Chris makes a compelling point.
You can read Chris’s full article by clicking the following link: Technology Can Prepare Young People for the Working World
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