According to global research commissioned by Dell Technologies, as the first generation to grow up in the new technology era, Gen Z have a deep, universal understanding of tech and its potential to transform how we work and live.
Some 73% rate their technology literacy as good or excellent and 68% say they have above-average coding skills. Even more telling, 77% are willing to mentor an older co-worker who may be less experienced with technology.
But while they are confident with their technical prowess, they also worry about having the soft skills and experience that employers are seeking; nearly all (94%) have some concerns about future employment with only about half (57%) rating their education as good or excellent in preparing them for their careers. Meanwhile, 52% are confident they have the tech skills employers want but not necessarily the non-tech skills.
However, Dell Technologies corporate fellow and vice president of technology strategy Danny Cobb sees little evidence Gen Z workers will struggle as they bring a high level of digital maturity to the workplace.
He added: “We haven’t raised a generation of robots. Gen Z sees technology not only as a tool for enabling human progress but also as a means for levelling the information empowerment playing field. Their combination of vision and optimism is remarkable.
"Ultimately, those organisations that create a workforce in which all generations are supported will thrive in the era of human-machine partnerships. An integrated workforce is an empowered workforce, one that can help their organisations transform and succeed in the digital future.”