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5 Jobs Fit For Gen Z Workers

5 Jobs Fit For Gen Z Workers

Watch out world, here comes the next generation of workers–Generation Z. That’s right, even though it seems that the corporate world is still trying to adapt to the influx of Millennials, an entirely new generation is now beginning to take the workforce fresh out of college. What kind of jobs will this generation go after? That remains to be seen, but these five would be a perfect fit:

Social media & apps

Although Millennials are no doubt proficient with social media and technology, members of Generation Z don’t really know a life without it. Because technology is so engrained into their lifestyle, Generation Z will naturally flock towards this type of position that feels like second nature to them. Oddly enough, this generation is in some ways more similar to Baby Boomers than Millennials. Generation Z is detail-oriented, skilled at taking direction, yet still creative and willing to collaborate with others. These traits make the booming world of social media and smartphone app careers perfect for Generation Z, who will bring a fresh perspective to the industry.

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Whatever their parents did

Over 80% of Generation Z members say that their parents will have a very strong influence on what they should do after graduation. Although the Millennial generation tended to break away from tradition, Generation Z prefers to embrace it. This could lead to members of this generation choosing to follow in their parents’ footsteps, especially if their parents have had a long-lasting, successful career, since Gen Zers are highly concerned with job stability.

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Distributors

Why would Gen Z workers thrive in a distributor role? Not only do they have the technological skills to keep up with clients, but they also demonstrate high proficiency in interpersonal communication. When working as convenience store distributors, Gen Z would be able to form tight bonds with both retailers and clients with their savvy communication skills. This generation also expects competitive salaries from their employers. Becoming beauty supply distributors who have to reach goals in order to earn higher salaries will fit well with this hard-working generation.

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Non-profit work

Just like Millennials, Generation Z wants to work for a company that frequently gives back to the community, especially if it’s a cause that they care about. In fact, 30% of this generation said that they would take a pay cut to work for companies with values and integrity that they admire. Although Millennials would be more likely to leave corporate America and start a non-profit organization on their own, Generation Z has not shown the same desire to be entrepreneurial, and therefore would be more likely to work within an existing non-profit organization.

Marketing managers

Almost 80% of Generation Z describes their ideal work environment as either a mid-size business or a large, international corporation. When it comes to getting down to work, well over half of Gen Z prefers to collaborate in small groups as opposed to large discussions or independent work. What kind of employees work at companies of this size in small, collaborative groups? Marketing professionals and managers. Gen Z workers are naturally creative and communicative, not to mention ready to work long hours and put in the work in order to get ahead in the company. Working in marketing will allow Gen Zers to flex their creative muscles, learn from those around them and steadily advance in the organization, thus fulfilling everything that this generation is looking for in a career.

We would love to hear from Gen Z workers and talent recruitment professionals: what kind of jobs do you think this generation will go after? Where will they find success? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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