Over the weekend our 9 year old expressed an interesting in getting Google Reader setup on his PC as he wanted to read stuff like Dad. This got me thinking again about what he and his generation will expect in a technology sense from their employers when he enters the workforce in 10-12 years.
His world today:-
- He has had broadband Internet in his bedroom since he was 5. I know some people are against PC’s in kids bedrooms but I feel with the right controls and open communication there are no issues.
- Doesn’t know what a modem is, or care
- Has multiple domain’s
- Knows how to do a podcast, in fact he even has his own favourite
- Is beginning to understand how to produce online video
- Prepares PowerPoint presentations at school
- Love seeing pictures on Flickr
- Thinks the answer to all of life’s questions can by found through Google, if only it was that simple 🙂
- Thinks and believes the internet should be accessible everywhere
- Has used email to communicate with friends and family for 4 years, admittedly he
- Uses Google Docs, Spreadsheets, GMail and GTalk to collaborate at school and be able to work on school projects at home
- Thinks Twitter is cool and wants to participate, Dad won’t let him 🙂
- Loves watching online video, almost as much as regular TV, if only the Simpsons were still on YouTube
In 10 years what will his expectations be? How will an employer be able to entice him to work for them? What work/cultural environment will he want? Will he even work for a single employer?
The answers to these questions should concern employers of all sizes.
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