Gen Z Believes in Generative AI is the Future (and Their Already Ahead of the Curve)
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Hope the week has started off well and that you’re staying warm! Although the polar vortex is long-gone it seems that I’m still waking up to a chilly start — I can’t type as fast when my fingers are frozen. 🥶
I’ve come to realize that there are two general types of posts that I publish in this small newsletter of ours, the first type being more thematic in nature while the second is more of a “round-up” of ideas and/or tools. Joshua’s comment yesterday caused me to pause for a moment to review this pattern and I found it slightly interesting.
Ultimately I’m trying to capture tools, research, and industry news that gets me excited about generative AI as well as create a personal archive for future use. I’m happy to share these findings as well.
A little introspection to start the day! Have a good one!
As this year’s 2024 high school students get ready to graduate and become part of the working class there are many who believe that this particular generation is the first to be called “AI Digital Natives.”
Oh, how cute.
There’s no question that this generation is growing up with artificial intelligence in-mind and most students believe that it’s not something to be scared of nor feared but that it’ll give them a qualifiable edge in their future (job) prospects.
Or that’s what a new trends report via Handshake has to say about it.
Here are some tidbits that I pulled out that I found fascinating to consider.
More than one third of seniors (and more than 50% of tech majors) plan on using GenAI in their careers.
GenZ are more likely to learn AI skills than Boomers (1.6x) or Gen X (1.1x), according to LinkedIn.
GenZ believe that AI is “mission critical” for their future success and that it’ll give them the best job opportunities in the future.
GenZ are already very familiar with GenAI tools and services and use them already in practical ways such as resumes.
Of 2024 graduates who are familiar with generative AI tools, about 1 in 3 plan to use these tools in their career, and 1 in 5 would be more likely to take a job where they have a chance to experiment with generative AI.
Half of 2024 graduates (64% of tech majors and 45% of non-tech majors) say they plan to develop new skills in light of the emergence of generative AI. This new working class is going to eat the present class’ lunch. Better get ready.
A study via McKinsey shares that by 2030, activities that account for up to 30 percent of hours currently worked across the US economy could be automated—a trend accelerated by generative AI. However, generative AI will enhance the way STEM, creative, and business and legal professionals work rather than eliminating a significant number of jobs outright. Automation’s biggest effects are likely to hit other job categories. Office support, customer service, and food service employment could continue to decline.
The bottom-line is this: The next generation of the working class see generative AI as a tool to be leveraged for their futures and as a consequence employers need to be ready to use this technology if they are going to remain competitive.
In addition, existing employees should consider very seriously their own career paths and up-skilling themselves with generative AI to also remain competitive in the workforce. You can download the full report here:
GenAI is here and it’s here to stay. Nothing to be scared about, just opportunities for real personal and professional growth! That’s what this newsletter is about, so, stick with me and we will learn together.
Cheers! Have a great Tuesday.