Gen z is a generation too big to be ignored 

Gen Z will soon surpass Millennials as the most populous generation on Earth taking up more than 1/3 of the world’s population

 

Its members are on the verge of entering the workforce and spending money on the products, services and solutions

 

By 2025 Gen Zers will make up 75% of the workforce

We can't fully understand gen z without looking at those that have come before 

Boomers
  • Goal-oriented
  • Motivated by promotions, professional development
  • Like having their expertise valued and acknowledge
  • Known for their rational mindset
Gen X
  • Pioneers of work-life balance
  • Independent and entrepreneurial
  • Highest percentage of startup founders
Millennials
  • Emotional and rational mindset when it comes to making career decisions
  • Still care about economic and career stability
  • Looking for a work/life balance  
Gen Z
  • Emotional mindset, they are aspirational and passionate
  • Their career paths are a way to make, not just economical, but social change
  • They are creative, digital natives that are shaking things up

WE took a deep dive into this generation through...

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Conducted
multiple interviews with people who work with Gen Zers closely 
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Talked with Gen Zers, of course! 
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Did some online listening: 

  • BRAND WATCH

  • Reddit

Read a ton of Gen Z reports

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Binged on Netflix:

  • Social Dilemma

  • Instafamous

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We interviewed a VCU career path advisor and college professor both of whom work with Gen Zers on a day-to-day basis. This provided  an outside perspective on how this generation behaves

"I see a lot more compassion and empathy than I did in Millennials

Dr. Maria Cuevas, Biology Professor at Southwestern University

"They are a generation of entrepreneurs and they're the ones that will make something out nothing."

Monique Sample, Career Service Advisor at VCU

"Success is anytime you achieve something you want to you do"

Julia, 22 

"I want to be someone who my friends and family are proud of"

Elle, 13

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Talking to Gen Zers provided a unique first-hand perspective into their view of success and how they perceive thier world.

"I want to be in a place where I can constantly learn and teach others."

Andrew, 23

Reddit Poll:

"You feel proud of what you have done, no matter what it was."

"Being fulfilled. I don’t equate money with success.

COVID's impact on their view of success: 

"My generation will have to contend with economic uncertainty, potentially diminished educational quality and their effects on our mental well-being. Consequently, the coming years will be crucial in answering the question: Just how resilient are we?

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We did some social listening and dug deeper into who this group is. We conducted an online poll in a Gen Z Reddit thread to look at how they view success and their futures moving forward.

Reddit Poll: How do your views on being successful differ from other generations?

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Gen Zers are very entrepreneurial and creative thinkers, and seem to have it innately.  They are hyper-connected and highly opinionated. There's this call back to a "Renaissance Style" where they are having many interests, talents and areas of knowledge. 

41%

Want to start their own business

46%

Are freelancers 

75%

Say they are always striving to achieve more in life and develop new skills 

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56% Gen Zers use social apps to express themselves creatively, they are using it not just as a personal tool but a tool to excel and springboard their careers.

The future of Gen Z will look like...

Focus on
true happiness
Make a name for themselves
Unconventional career paths
Creating real change

They are using the tools at their disposal to achieve their goals 

Technology 
Education 
Passions

The core of what success is hasn't changed, but gen z has changed the how 

Highly educated but open-minded
Gen Z will be one of the most educated generations, but they are open to alternative, creative routes to achieve their goals 
Turning passions into careers
Gen Z use their full-time job to finance their real interest 
Starting their career search early on 
Thinking about their career early on and wanting to retire younger
Using social as a tool and career finder 
Looking to people on social has expanded their view on careers and success 
IDEA CURATORS
THE RENAISSANCE MAN MENTALITY
DON'T WANT TO BE PUT IN A BOX

Hardwired for a DIY mentality and known for creation

"if they can do it,

we can too"

Saw their parents and older siblings go through a recession and are more aware of how they can be successful during hard times

“IMO we may survive the virus, but we will emerge from it in a second Great Depression, perhaps even worse than the first”

 - Anonymous Gen Z Reddit User 

Using their powers for good, not evil 

Gen Z are technology natives and cool content creators but are well aware they have the power to change the world.

For instance in the 2020 election…53% to 55% of registered 18 to 29-year-olds appear to have voted in the 2020 election...the possible highest ever recorded  turnout in the modern era of politics.

the real "greatest generation" 

Posses a "change the world" complex. They feel like older generations have failed them and they need to clean up the mess.

"Generation Z is one of the greatest generations ever that this world has seen. We are not afraid to talk about the problems that have existed for decades, and that everyone was scared to talk about. Our generation DOES NOT accept racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamaphobic, wars, murders, etc.”

- Anonymous Gen Z Reddit User 

while it seems like they are wanting to move fast, having a "young" identity is important 

TERRIFIED OF GROWING UP
WORRIED ABOUT HOW LONG THEY CAN STAY YOUNG FOR
WANT TO BE THE "FUN, COOL, CREATIVE" GENERATION

TEAM:

Nana Dadzie: Strategist
Charlotte Robins: Strategist
Lucy Mungo: Strategist