Generation Z is starting to enter the workplace and while Australia’s current business leaders and our teenage population grew up in vastly different digital environments, the one thing that they have in common is that to survive and thrive in today’s technologically-transformed working world, they will need to ask better questions.
During our series of interviews with CEOs and their teenage children, both generations agreed that whatever technological advances present themselves in the future, a skill that will always be paramount and survive the test of time is an inquisitive mind. Knowing what to ask, when to ask and what to do with the information will set us apart from machine learning and AI advances. It’s that ‘human angle’ that will always prevail to some extent and be required to help steer the technology to provide the greatest impact.
But beyond the importance of an inquisitive mind, it’s the soft skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, teamwork, communication that will continue to exist and become increasingly important in the future. As Matt Tindale, General Manager, LinkedIn Australia and New Zealand, puts it: “For jobs that don’t exist yet, it’s all about the soft skills.”
The conversation between Robi Stanton, General Manager, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks ANZ and daughters Harper and Coco, reinforces this point as Gen Z considers its skillset. As Robi’s daughter, Harper, says: communication is the most important skill we need to learn right now. “You’re not going to have a job, ever, where you don’t need to talk to people.”