Afrillennial Masterclass: The Graduate Employer’s GuideIn Trends
Once an Afrillennial (African Millennial) graduates, the workplace poses a brand-new set of unexpected hurdles. Employers feel a need to get Afrillennials ready for the workplace but this requires both work readiness training for the newbies and for employers to understand them better before any mutually beneficial work can be done. Based on the key learnings from our Afrillennial Masterclass, we’re giving you the reasons why you need both of these workplace integration tools.
Work Readiness: A Stand-Alone Solution?
Work readiness training programmes are becoming a crucial part of workplace orientation. As part of the training, graduates learn essential workplace and life- skills before entering a new role and their employer can rest assured that they’ve been familiarised with the basics of working. With this in place the expectation is that work can commence seamlessly upon a graduate starting their new role.
Unfortunately, there are grey areas that cannot be covered in a workplace readiness programme, requiring employers to learn about Afrillennials, in order to move forward. The unique characteristics of this generation include:
- – As passionate and stimulated as they might be in the role they play in the workforce, should the culture not lend itself to improving their personal, family and community life, companies run the risk of losing Afrillennials’ commitment.
- – 66% of Afrillennials have 2nd and 3rd income streams, which means companies are no longer their first priority, they are their own first priority.
- – Younger employees are no longer loyal to corporate brands, but rather consider themselves as a personal brand to keep building on and leave a legacy.
Decoding The Afrillennial Employee
In a work readiness programme, employers are already made aware of Afrillennials’ expectations of the workplace in conversation with them. For example, their insistence on benefits as part of their package, a need for a defined career path and mentoring. To attain these, the employer already knows there is a reasonable amount of sacrifices graduates will need to make and realistic goal setting that needs to be facilitated.
What employers need to understand about Afrillennials is that their upbringing plays a big role in how they navigate the workplace. Some characteristics of their upbringing include:
- – Being empowered and cushioned by parents.
- – They are the most educated generation to date, leading them into their ever-increasing need for independence.
- – Their exposure to a technological revolution has in fact enabled them to work smarter and do things better.
- – They expect to be recognized and rewarded for their efforts and receive constant feedback.
This can potentially cause Afrillennials to enter the workplace with unrealistic expectations of what needs to happen in their short-term career.
Considering Afrillennials are steadily growing their presence in the workforce, this is an important time to start preparing for the challenges to come. We want you to understand the relationship between getting your young employees work ready and your own training in understanding them within the framework of your business.
Why are Afrillennials important?
- – Their career aspirations, needs, attitudes & knowledge of new technologies will define the culture of our workplace.
- – They will influence the way we do things & will shape our work environment, ethics & practices for years to come.
- – Understanding, attracting & retaining the best of these Afrillennials is essential to the success of your business.
To book your seat at the next Afrillennial Masterclass, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 011 885 3918.