Hiring Gen Z: What We Should Know

Mar 10, 2021

As each generation enters the workforce, new information emerges about that generation’s character and how hiring companies should adapt to meet hiring challenges. At Tech One IT, we have been working with college graduates as part of our Technology Apprenticeship Program for years. In our opinion, many of the cultural stigmas placed on entire generations are unfair. Still, some of them are rooted in the changes that occurred, culturally or technologically, since the generation was born. Understanding the world in which a particular generation was raised while keeping your mind open and not making presumptions can help in hiring and retaining the best talent available.
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With that in mind, what do we know about Generation Z?


“Gen Z: Gen Z is the newest generation, born between 1997 and 2012/15. They are currently between 6 and 24 years old (nearly 68 million in the U.S.)” (www.kasasa.com)


Gen Z is able to pivot easily.


The previous generation (Millenials) graduated in the midst of the Great Recession. The latest generation believed they would graduate during a strong economy only to be faced with COVID and the social and economic upheaval that it brought. The upside of that insecurity is their ability to pivot quickly. They are golden employees for remote working opportunities. They are tech-savvy and have enough confidence in crowd-sourcing tools to fix minor problems without leaning on managers for every minor issue.


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Gen Z is more racially and ethnically diverse than their predecessors.


“A new Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data finds that the “post-Millennial” generation is already the most racially and ethnically diverse generation, as a bare majority of 6- to 21-year-olds (52%) are non-Hispanic whites.” (pewresearch.org)


Why does this matter to hiring companies? The diverse nature of this generation brings a different perspective to the workforce.


In TAP, diversity takes into consideration social constraints, including heritage, financial standing (or class), cultural background (should that differ from heritage), race, gender, sexual orientation, place of birth, disability, and more. We do not track every element of diversity, but we do believe that our apprentices are varied by more than just the color of their skin.


By recruiting a diverse group of technology apprentices, we mentor an increased level of creativity, an increased focus as a group, and even an increase in profitability. (Read more: Diversity in TAP)


They are risk-averse


Possibly a result of growing up during the Great Recession, and now strengthened by their experience of 2020, Gen Z is not a risk-taking group. They may be more likely to hedge their bets by taking jobs that are practical. (Newsweek.com)


TAP has noticed a growing number of applicants as the program provides a steady and secure position where they will continue to learn on-the-job skills while also building their resume with tasks and company names that are not as readily accessible to other graduates.


They are tech-savvy


This goes without saying, but there’s one element of the tech-savvy individual that is often overlooked. Gen Z has faith in technology to catch errors. Their diligence for tasks like editing is not as strong as previous generations that grew up without the reliance on tech tools. TAP pays great attention to such details and strengthens the skills that were not always pushed to the forefront previously. In this way, (and many others) TAP is beneficial to employers and the apprentices that engage Tech One IT. 

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According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers:


Nearly 91 percent of employers responding to NACE’s Job Outlook 2017 survey prefer that their candidates have work experience. (www.naceweb.org) 


An apprenticeship could be the best way to get your foot in the door with a good company and gather the necessary experience while also getting paid. But many apprenticeships are simply set up by companies without experience to run such a program. Apprentices may come out with experience to write on their resume, but many leave feeling duped and discouraged. 


How can you tell if the apprenticeship program you are considering is valid and worthwhile? 

You will be working with other apprentices.

If you are the only person being hired for the project, it isn’t an apprenticeship program. There may be times when you are working apart from other apprentices, and you could be tested with tasks of your own, but the entire program will have more than one apprentice. 


The benefit of working with other apprentices is that you can collaborate and learn from one another. At Tech One IT, we strive to build a friendly environment for our apprentices so that, even when working alone, they can lean on one another for support. This is an easier transition into the workforce from college and has proven much more beneficial to our apprentices than their peers that were hired directly. 


You will work with a mentor, or at least in a group managed by an experienced employee. 


An apprenticeship is a full-time job working within a team. The difference between an apprenticeship and a full-time job is the purpose. An apprentice’s purpose is to learn from mentors and peers (i.e., other apprentices). They will complete their apprenticeship with an understanding of workplace culture, knowledge of different processes, and organizational skills that are never taught but just expected of a direct hire. 


At no point should you be taking the place of an experienced full-time employee. If you don’t feel like you are getting the full benefits of your apprenticeship, contact us: Contact@TechOneIT.com.


There is an end date.


An apprenticeship is a long-term project. It has an end date and comes with no guarantee of a full-time job upon completion. 


Why take an apprenticeship without the guarantee of a job? 

You never have a guarantee of a job, regardless of how you are hired!


The Tech One IT apprentices work for some of the nation’s most exciting companies, sometimes Fortune 100 companies and sometimes small start-ups. Imagine coming straight out of college and working on an IT project for a Fortune 100 company. That’s not an opportunity given to many. 

You won’t be asked to do tasks outside of your scope.


Most direct hires that land a job straight out of college find themselves completing tasks that are outside their field. When I graduated with a Master’s in Communication, I was hired by a Fortune 100 company to write their training manuals. I actually spent much of my time packing boxes full of those training manuals and booking hotels for sales managers attending training seminars. 


At Tech One IT, we work closely with our clients to set up apprenticeship programs that benefit our apprentices and use their skills. Sure, there will be an element of work that falls outside of your training in every job, like reporting, but you will not find yourself packing boxes! 


The program is certified.


Tech ONe IT is a certified apprenticeship program. We have a Registered Apprenticeship Program validated by the Department of Labor and the State of Arizona. 


By earning these certifications, we can work with the nation’s fastest-growing companies and set up new programs all across the country. 

Apprenticeship programs are usually partnered with Universities, Colleges, and Trade Schools.


Apprenticeship programs benefit students and employers, so it only makes sense that a valid apprenticeship program would partner with local schools to reach the students. Tech One IT has outstanding relationships with Arizona State University, as well as several local colleges. 


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