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Gen Z & the Workforce

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Gen Z is entering the workforce at a rapid pace, with the eldest of them now 23. A far larger group than their millennial counterparts, youth and young adults born between the mid-1990s and late 2000s have aptly been named Gen Z. Employers should be excited as a flood of talent will be joining the workforce soon — comprising 36 percent of the workforce by 2020 — but be aware, they have short attention spans, even shorter than millennials, and expect a lot from their employers.

According to a Deloitte study, Gen Z values employment that allows them to live a balanced lifestyle even more so than Millennials, with a greater emphasis on physical, mental and social well-being. They want flexibility and control within their schedules. For example, they want to be able to go to an afternoon doctor’s appointment without feeling like it reflects poorly on their work ethic. Employers must investigate providing flexible work hours, the ability to work from home when possible, and progressive benefit plans that include a Wellness Spending Account. Shopify, for example, offers a WSA that includes eligible spending categories such as gym memberships, financial planners and house cleaning.

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With this massive influx of new talent, the workplace is once again going to experience significant change.

Growing up with the Internet, teens are used to getting real-time feedback—and lots of it. Their education and co-curricular activities have also made them used to receiving constructive criticism and acting upon it to improve their chances of success.

“The big thing for employers to consider is that Gen Z actually wants to be mentored and managed,” says Tom Turpin, president of employment agency Randstad. “Gen Z places a tremendous amount of value on an employer’s ability to mentor and teach them.”

Gen Z, people born in 1995 and later, are protesters, social-justice marchers, and spendthrifts just like their hippie aunts, uncles, parents and even grandparents.

Demographers may debate the exact dates, but Baby Boomers were typically born between 1946 and 1964. Their parents grew up during the Depression and the nightly news brought into their living rooms images of a war fought in Southeast Asia.

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Compare that with Generation Z. Some of the first Gen Zers were teens and adolescents during the Great Recession of 2008. They saw their parents or the parents of their friends struggle with foreclosures and joblessness. Meanwhile, the country was waging a War on Terror against a nationless enemy.

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Are Gen Z and millennials ignoring you?

Gen Y versus Gen Z

Gen X versus Gen Y versus Gen Z - differences in the workplace

Traditional marketing doesn’t work for Gen Z. Marketers need to embrace technology and new ways of storytelling. According to an infographic from Upfront Analytics, Gen Z customers respond to edgy and visual marketing tactics. Videos—especially short ones like those created via the social network Vine—work particularly well with young customers.

How to market to the Gen Z teenager

The study revealed that 80 percent of Gen Z say finding themselves creatively is important. Over 25 percent post original video on a weekly basis, while 65 percent enjoy creating and sharing content on social media.

Generation Z are culture creators

 

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Artist’s rendering of Marist Health Quest School of Medicine
Marist College in New York’s Hudson Valley will partner with a regional health-care provider to build a new medical school.
Marist Health Quest School of Medicine is expected to open its doors in 2022, reaching capacity in 2032 with about 500 students.

Schools Educating A Weed Workforce

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The University of Ottawa is offering a Cannabis Law course.  Dubois, a partner at the Ottawa law office of Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall, and colleague Megan Wallace will be the lead instructors of the new cannabis law course at the University of Ottawa. The course, the first of its kind in Canada, will run for about three weeks. Students will learn about the licensing and regulatory frameworks of the cannabis industry as well as how legalizing the drug will affect everything from employment to property law. Diane Labelle, general counsel at Health Canada Legal Services, will teach a similar course at uOttawa in French this fall.

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Commercial landlords now face heavy penalties for allowing pot to be sold at their properties, a situation that will have to change in time for private retailers to hit the market next April.

Dubois course will also feature a field trip to the Tweed production facility in Smiths Falls, where students will get a first-hand look at the product they’re learning about.

Southern Ontario’s Niagara College announced it was launching a one-year post-graduate commercial cannabis production program developed in conjunction with more than a dozen licensed producers, including Tweed parent Canopy Growth.

Ryerson University in Toronto, meanwhile, said this summer its Ted Rogers School of Management would be introducing a course ​– appropriately numbered 420 ​– called “the Business of Cannabis,” focusing on topics such as retailing, marketing, quality control and financing. And Montreal’s McGill University plans to enter the field by offering a diploma program in cannabis and cannabis production, starting next fall.

The cannabis industry has an urgent need for workers with highly specialized skills in areas such as genetics, horticulture, cultivation techniques, pest control and biotechnology.

 Skills are some what borrowed from pharmaceutical or food industries, but it is still quite different because the cannabis industry is complex. There are a lot of components to the cannabis industry.

Jobs of The Future

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Researchers predict in about 15 years many jobs/or profession will be obsolete. there will be about 200 profession we never heard of as well.

Jobs with 99% chance of being automated‚ included data capturers‚ new accounts clerks‚ cargo agents‚ watch repairers‚ insurance underwriters‚ hand-sewers‚ telemarketers and tax preparers. Umpires‚ legal secretaries and couriers also stood little chance of surviving. Undergoing training and obtaining two or three certificates is not enough to be ready for tomorrow. Learning and developing competencies has to be continuous . Education is expanding beyond academic and vocational establishments, which is manifested in the emergence of public online courses, some of them offered by leading world universities.

There are some jobs that have only a 0.35% chance or less of being automated because “many of them require a level of human interaction that may take many more years for computer programs to replicate”.

Choreographers‚ psychologists‚ human resources managers‚ anthropologists‚ archaeologists‚ sales managers and CEOs are safe. Other sustainable jobs to be in or study towards include recreational therapists‚ audiologists‚ occupational therapists‚ healthcare social workers‚ orthotists and prosthetists‚ mental health and substance abuse social workers‚ emergency management directors, and first-line supervisors of mechanics‚ installers and repairers.

JOBS OF THE FUTURE

BIOTECHNOLOGY
System biotechnologist
Living system architect
Urban ecologist
Park ecologist
Biopharmacologist
HEALTHCARE
Medical data manager
Medical equipment designer
Bioethicist
Genetic consultant
Bioinformatician
Medical Marketing Expert
R&D manager in healthcare
Molecular nutrition expert
Medical robot operator
Gene therapy expert
Robotic prosthesis and implant
designer
Tissue engineer
Medical institution life cycle
designer
Personalized healthcare expert
Healthy old age consultant
Online doctor
Inter-sector
communication
Project
management
Lean production
Programming / Robotics /
Artificial Intelligence
Client focus
Multilingual and
multicultural abilities
Interpersonal skills
Environmentally
conscious thinking
Ability to work under
uncertainty
Artistic skills
Systems thinking
AGRICULTURE
Agricultural informatics and
engineering expert
GMO farmer
City farmer
Automated farming equipment
operator
Agricultural ecologist
Agricultural economist
ENERGY GENERATION
AND STORAGE
Power generation system upgrade
manager
Micro generation system designer
Weather expert in power industry
Recuperation system designer
Local power supply system
specialist
Wearable power device designer
Energy storage device designer
POWER GRIDS
AND POWER MANAGEMENT
Power marketing expert
Electricity consumer rights expert
Energy auditor
Power consumption system
designer
System engineer for smart power
grids
Electric vehicle charging station
operator
Power grid adjuster/controller
in distributed generation
Inter-sector
communication
Project
management
Lean production
Programming / Robotics /
Artificial Intelligence
Client focus
Multilingual and
multicultural abilities
Interpersonal skills
Environmentally
conscious thinking
Ability to work under
uncertainty
Artistic skills
Systems thinking
ROAD TRANSPORT
Automated transportation system
operator
Transportation network safety
engineer
Cross-logistics operator
Intermodal hub designer
Intermodal transport technician
Smart road builder
Designer of composite structures
for vehicles
High-speed railway designer
Smart management system
architect
WATER TRANSPORT
Port ecologist
Marine infrastructure system
engineer
Arctic navigation specialist
AVIATION
Unmanned flight interface
designer
Small aircraft production engineer
Operating data analyst
Aircraft recycling technologist
Airship designer
Airship infrastructure designer
Dynamic control smart
management system designer
Inter-sector
communication
Project
management
Lean production
Programming / Robotics /
Artificial Intelligence
Client focus
Multilingual and
multicultural abilities
Interpersonal skills
Environmentally
conscious thinking
Ability to work under
uncertainty
Artistic skills
Systems thinking
SPACE
Space structure designer
Space travel manager
Life support system engineer
Space road engineer
Space biologist
Space geologist
ADVANCED MATERIALS
AND NANOECHNOLOGY
Glass engineer
Recycling technologist
System engineer of composite
materials
Nanomaterial designer
Smart environment designer
Safety engineer in nano industry
IT SECTOR
Information systems architect
Interface designer
Online lawyer
Neural interface designer
IT preacher
Digital linguist
Big Data model designer
IT auditor
Information security supervisor
Personal profile security advisor
Smart environment cyber
technician
Cyber detective
MINING AND PROCESSING OF
MINERAL RESOURCES
Mining system engineer
Environmental analyst in mining
industries
Robotic system engineer
Unmanned exploration aircraft
operator
Distributed mining team
coordinator
Telemetric data interpretation
engineer
CONSTRUCTION
Specialist in old structure
renovation/reinforcement
Zero energy house architect
Construction technology upgrade
specialist
Smart house infrastructure
Foreman watcher
3D printing designer in
construction
BIM manager designer
Accessible environment designer
Environmental analyst in
construction
ROBOTICS AND MECHANICAL
ENGINEERING
Multi-purpose robotic systems
designer
Ergonomic designer
Composite engineer
Household robot designer
Children’s robot designer
Designer of neural interfaces for
robot control
Medical robot designer

 

FINANCIAL SECTOR

Intellectual property appraiser

Personal pension plan designer

Multicurrency translator
Crowd funding and crowd
investing platform manager
Direct talent investment fund
manager
MANAGEMENT
Time broker
Time manager
Production coordinator in
distributed communities
Environment auditor
Trend watcher / foresighter
Virtual lawyer
Corporate venture fund portfolio
manager
Corporate anthropologist
Community development plan coordinator
Personal brand manager
Cross-cultural communication
manager
User community moderator
Online sales manager
Individual financial trajectory designer
SOCIAL SECTOR
Crowd sourcing expert for social
issues
Government authority
communication platform
moderator
Social conflict mediator
Environmental counselor
Personal charity platform
moderator
State-private partnership
specialist for the social sector
Social worker for disabled
persons adaptation using internet
technology
Migrant adaptation specialist
EDUCATION
Moderator
Academic path designer
Tutor
Project training organizer
Educational online platform
coordinator
Startup mentor
Ecopreacher
Game master
Game educator
Mind fitness coach
Designer of consciousness train
CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS
AND SERVICES
Transmedia product designer
Children’s R&D manager
Children’s future image expert
Children’s psychological security
specialist
MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT
Content aggregator editor
Info stylist
Semantic field producer
Media software designer
Media policeman
Virtual reality architect
Virtual world designer
Game practitioner
TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY
Individual tour director
Space brand manager
Augmented reality area designer
Robot attendant
Territory architect
Smart travel system designer
SECURITY
Integrated industrial security
auditor
Remote security coordinator
Ergonomic designer of wearable
security devices
Expert for mitigating systemic
environmental disasters
Personal security designer
BIOPHARMACOLOGIST
URBAN ECOLOGIST

BIOTECHNOLOGY

LIVING SYSTEMS
DESIGNER
MEDICAL DATA MANAGER
GENETIC
CONSULTANT

Students Outrage Over 999$ Text Book

A student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, signed up for an introductory accounting course, and noticed that the online textbook for the course was listed at $999.

She took to Facebook and posted a screenshot on the “UL Ragin Cajuns Book Swap” group.

“Can anyone explain why the WileyPlus online code for ACCT 202 is $1000?” she asked.

Fellow students took to Twitter to voice their outrage, and soon after students and observers were accusing UL-Lafayette of scamming students.The textbook, Financial and Managerial Accounting, 3rd Edition, was customized by publisher Wiley for the Accounting 201 and 202 courses at UL-Lafayette and is a new addition to the courses this academic year. The $999 pricing was not a glitch.

Though the university and publisher argue that the $999 price was just a “placeholder” that no one would actually pay, the incident has caused uncertainty and anger among students who are just trying to purchase the correct items at the best price. The textbook marketplace can already be incredibly confusing due to its plethora of vendors, subtly different textbook editions, disliked single-use access codes and disparate rental programs.

While the online-only version of the textbook was priced at $999 in the Wiley marketplace, a bundled print and online textbook was available for $253.25 from the college bookstore. Both options include an access code for the WileyPlus online teaching and learning platform.

The university knew that the online book is usually cheaper than the hard copy. UL knew that most students would buy the online copy and just print it out so that we wouldn’t have to spend crazy money on a book from their bookstore. So they made the online version a ridiculous amount so that us students had no other option.”

Qatar Adds New Courses To It’s Master’s Degree In Library & Information Studies

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University College London Qatar (UCL Qatar) has announced the introduction of new courses within its postgraduate master’s degree of Library and Information Studies.
For the first time in Qatar, specialized courses in archives, records and data management will be taught. These will support the transition of Qatar to a knowledge-based economy and the development of the country’s growing need for library and information specialists.
The updates will help meet the growing need from across government and the private sectors to handle an ever-increasing amount of records, and to support the emerging research sector and e-government initiatives.
Trained data professionals in the sector will be able to manage and handle records from government agencies and private corporations, as well as the emerging research sector in the country.
The announcement comes just weeks after the official opening of the Qatar National Library that will now support Qatar’s innovative and research-based libraries sector to become a
regional leader.

Applications for UCL Qatar’s master’s degree programmes in Library and Information Studies and Museum and Gallery Practice are currently open at UCL Qatar. The degree programmes are available as full-time one year courses or part-time two years courses.

Trends In eLearning

6 Emerging Technology Trends Changing eLearning

Virtual Reality (VR)

VR can transmit students to the farthest corners of the universe in just a blink of an eye and surround them with an engaging and deeply educational environment. Students will no longer be stuck with pages upon pages of boring text, bullet points, and illustrations, but they will have a chance to actually go through the experience and get the most out of it instead.

Augmented Reality (AR)

Augmented Reality is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view. This, also, includes real-world sensory input like video, graphics, or sound [2].

When it comes to eLearning, Augmented Reality can make the learning process more interesting and easier to grasp. For instance, if you were an online instructor and your target subject was astronomy, you could offer your students a virtual tour of Mars without asking anyone to leave their home.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial Intelligence is referred to the intelligence displayed by machines, as opposed to natural intelligence displayed by humans and animals [3]. It is revolutionizing the whole eLearning experience due to the many advantages it has to offer. AI can help highlight areas that require improvement and assist students in focusing on areas where they are lagging.

Big Data

If an employee is interacting with a training module based around company policies, their progress, social sharing, assessment results, and another relevant date that is being generated throughout the eLearning course is referred to as “big data”.

Big Data allows eLearning experts to understand how the users are digesting the information and which learning aspects appeal the most to them. In addition to that, it allows them to pinpoint learning interactions that should be fine-tuned within the eLearning module or course.

Wearable Devices

Wearable devices also referred to as wearables, are smart electronic devices that can be worn on the body as accessories or implants

Machine Learning

Machine Learning is a field of computer science that gives computers the capacity to learn without being directly programmed.

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