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Ready for the changing workplace?
Social history clearly illustrates how technology has influenced the way work is organised and carried out. Many of the things we take for granted were novelties in previous times. For example, the Industrial Revolution gave rise to a new experience for thousands of people. Each day, they left their homes to gather in a special building to perform specific tasks, often using newly invented machinery. These buildings were called factories.
In latter times the most powerful infl uence on change has been the computer. Over a relatively short period of time the Information Technology (IT) industry has emerged as a significant force and it continues to change at a rapid pace. Even though it is a relatively new industry we are now hearing about ‘traditional IT’ and the ‘New IT’.
What is the New IT?
The term ‘New IT’ refers to the technologies that are emerging as a result of a variety of signifi cant developments. There is much debate about the type of development that can be regarded as a component of the New IT. In this lesson we will refer to some of the most recognisable, namely mobility and remote working, the cloud, devices and apps. Reference is also made to the Internet of Things (IoT).
Who are the Millennials?
Social scientists often use particular labels to identify different generations. The computer arrived as a consumer product in the 1980s. Hence, the generations born just before 1980, and any time after, are familiar with computer technology since their early youth. Members of the first of these generations are known as the Millennials. If you are a second level student now, you are a Millennial, or a member of Generation Z, ― generations that are very comfortable with technology.
You probably have a smart phone, are familiar with many apps and use social media. You take these technologies for granted and have developed expertise in using them. This experience will affect your assumptions and expectations about working and about the workplace. This is why employers and career advisors are giving so much thought to these topics. In particular they are very interested in the work preferences that recent generations hold.