STUDY FINDS GEN Z TECH-SAVVY, FLEX­I­BLE

Ac­cord­ing to a study com­mis­sioned by Dell Tech­nolo­gies, 80 per­cent of Filipino Gen­er­a­tion Z stu­dents want to work with cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy

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As tech­nol­ogy-driven stu­dents en­ter the work­force they are seen to pro­pel growth in busi­nesses, a study showed.

Ac­cord­ing to a study com­mis­sioned by Dell Tech­nolo­gies, Filipinos that be­long to Gen­er­a­tion Z (Gen Z) have the most con­fi­dence in their tech­nol­ogy skills but they worry that they lack the soft skills re­quired in the work­place.

“Tech­nol­ogy at­tracts them. They learn a lot through tech­nol­ogy. They were helped by tech­nol­ogy when they were in school,” said Michelle Ju­liano, prod­uct mar­ket­ing man­ager of Dell EMC Philip­pines.

Soft skills are per­sonal at­tributes that en­able some­one to in­ter­act ef­fec­tively and har­mo­niously with other peo­ple. These skills in­clude com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, lis­ten­ing skills, and em­pa­thy, among oth­ers.

Gen Z are those born be­tween 1995 and 2010 and are aged 16 to 23 years old.

Di­men­sional Re­search con­ducted an on­line sur­vey of stu­dents at­tend­ing sec­ondary and post-sec­ondary schools in 17 coun­tries around the globe from Au­gust to Septem­ber 2018.

Find­ings

The on­line sur­vey was an­swered by 730 Filipino high school and col­lege stu­dents.

Re­sults of the sur­vey showed that Filipino youth ranked high­est in all the study’s re­search cat­e­gories.

The study showed 80 per­cent of the re­spon­dents want to work with cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy while 40 per­cent are in­ter­ested in in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy (IT) ca­reers.

Some 40 per­cent as­pired to be in­volved in tech­nol­ogy re­search and de­vel­op­ment while 97 per­cent said tech­nol­ogy of­fered by an em­ployer would be a fac­tor in choos­ing sim­i­lar job of­fers.

“They (Gen Z) have flex­i­bil­ity which means they can work ev­ery­where and it makes them pro­duc­tive,” said Charlz Adano, mar­ket­ing man­ager of Dell EMC Philip­pines.

Pur­pose ver­sus money

Mor­ever, for Gen Z, mean­ing and pur­pose are more im­por­tant than money.

“They want more than just money. As long as you give them the nicest and lat­est gad­get, they will go for that par­tic­u­lar job,” Ju­liano said.

Gen Z are also open to the idea of teach­ing their peers when it comes to any knowl­edge that per­tains to tech­nol­ogy.

“This gen­er­a­tion is open to hu­man and ma­chine col­lab­o­ra­tion. They are not afraid of the tech­nol­ogy in the next cou­ple of years,” she said.

Bal­ance

Ju­liano said main­tain­ing a bal­ance be­tween dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions in a work­place is im­por­tant for a com­pany to bridge the dig­i­tal gap.

“Men­tor­ing ses­sions for the com­pany to lever­age the dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions within the work­place and in­te­grate in­no­va­tion,” said Ju­liano.

With dif­fer­ent dig­i­tal prod­ucts like aug­mented re­al­ity, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and other soft­ware, Ju­liano said that this will im­ple­ment dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion to a com­pany.

“For Gen Z, tech­nol­ogy is a ma­jor driver for de­vel­op­ment,” she said.

Dell Tech­nolo­gies pro­vides es­sen­tial in­fra­struc­ture for or­ga­ni­za­tions to build their dig­i­tal fu­ture, trans­form IT and pro­tect their most im­por­tant as­set, in­for­ma­tion.

SUNSTAR FOTO / JO­HANNA BAJENTING

TECH-SAVVY: Dell Philip­pines prod­uct mar­ket­ing man­ager Michelle Ju­liano (left) says Gen­er­a­tion Z is an as­set to the work­force. With her is Charlz Adano, Dell Philip­pines mar­ket­ing man­ager.

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