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Welcome to Work, Generation Z—Now Learn to E-Mail! … College Grads Lack Communication Skills, Employers Say … Half of New-Hires Make the Same Huge Career Mistake

Welcome to Work, Generation Z—Now Learn to E-Mail!

Generation Z—those now in their teens and early twenties—have been described as even more tech savvy than millennials. Reports say many have had e-mail accounts since they were pre-teens. Despite their facility with technologoy, however, Generation Z has used e-mail as a read-only and outdated medium. Instead, this younger generation corresponds almost exclusively via texting and other communication apps.

shutterstock_127897745But now that the oldest members of Generation Z have entered the workplace as interns or new-hires, they are finding themselves playing catch-up to communicate with other generations. Because they have not been schooled in e-mail etiquette or in composing lengthier, thoughtful messages, the newest generation in the world of work is discovering that composing effective e-mails is a skill they must master. OMG!

From The Wall Street Journal

College Grads Lack Communication Skills, Employers Say

Hiring managers are underwhelmed by recent college grads and say they lack key skills, according to a recent survey conducted by PayScale.

The survey asked hiring managers about hard and soft skills that comprise the “Skills Gap,” those abilities employers expect college grads to have but that are found lacking or deficient.

Writing proficiency was named by 44 percent of hiring managers as the hard skill most lacking in new college graduates, followed by inadequate public speaking skills, which were cited by 39 percent of those interviewing new grads. The soft skills most absent were critical thinking and problem solving, which 60 percent of the managers claimed was under par.

Interestingly, 87% of graduates considered themselves ready for work; only 50% of managers agreed.

From Fast Company

Half of New-Hires Make the Same Huge Career Mistake

Nearly half of all workers fail to negotiate salary when accepting a new position, especially those taking their first jobs—and it’s costing them a lot.shutterstock_229398976

While a few thousand dollars more a year may not sound like much to haggle over, that lower salary comes back to haunt workers over time. Why? For one, raises and future offers are based on current earnings, so the lower the starting salary, the lower earnings are down the line and the slower the salary growth over time. Additionally, people who do negotiate their initial salary offers tend to renegotiate their compensation every few years. An analysis by Salary.com claims that those who do negotiate initial salaries can earn up to one million dollars more over the course of their careers.

From Business Insider

Millennials…Not as Tech Savvy as We Thought

The common notion that millennials are all “digital natives” is a myth, according to research conducted by Eszter Hargittai of Northwestern University.confused student

Hargittai studied students’ Internet use and found that not all are HTML-coding, app-building savants. In fact, some have no idea how to adjust the privacy settings on their social media accounts, which negatively affects their online identities. Hargittai points out “There is more to using digital media than turning it on.”

Her research found that students’ technological expertise is linked to their socioeconomic status and that less privileged students often lack basic knowledge, such as how the Internet functions. Students with one parent having a graduate degree had significantly higher levels of technological savvy; African American, Hispanics, and women reported having fewer Internet-related skills.

The number of years a student had been exposed to computers did not predict using the Internet in varied and informed ways. Instead, laptop ownership, access to a number of Internet locations, and amount of time spent online were the predictors of higher levels of Internet-related activities. White and Asian American males with educated parents had the greatest amount of skill and used the Web in more informed ways for more types of activities than any other group.

Because of the common myth that all college students are technologically savvy by virtue of being born in the technological age, many colleges do not address the issue. However, some schools have started courses to help students build and manage online reputations in response to the research.

Classroom Discussion Questions

  1. How might a lack of technological savvy affect a college student?
  2. What, if anything, should colleges do to ensure that students understand technology and social media and follow professional best practices?
  3. How can students (and instructors) improve their own knowledge of technology?

What are your experiences with students’ tech savvy? Please let us know.


Sources: O’Neil, M. (2014, April 21). Confronting the myth of the ‘digital native.’ Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/article/Confronting-the-Myth-of-the/145949/?cid=wb&utm_source=wb&utm_medium=en

Hargittai, E. (2010, February). Digital Na(t)ives? Variation in internet skills and uses among members of the ‘net generation.’ Sociological Inquiry, (80)1, 92-113.