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Preparing students for workplace expectations: Two exercises

In a four-part series, Dr David Oxley and Dr Helmut Schuster consider the future of careers and careers advice and students’ transition to the workplace. In part 3, they offer two exercises to help students prepare for workplace culture and expectations
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In a recent survey, 3 out of 4 managers said that they find working with Gen Z one of their greatest challenges. The primary accusation was that “they” are unprepared for the corporate workplace (see Anwar, 2023; Schlott, 2023).

Specifically, that it was hard to get them to focus at work, that they had poor communication skills, were addicted to social media, and blurred the lines of business etiquette.

“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise … They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”

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