The evolving workforce of the 21st Century

MDeC shares insights on how a younger and more digitally-savvy workforce is changing the way we work.

The number of youth in the workforce continues to increase, thereby shaping the landscape of work today and the years to come. According to the ‘Millennials at work: Reshaping the workplace’ study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) conducted in 2011, millennials will form 50% of the global workforce by 2020. The continued influx of a new generation of workers will definitely bring new capabilities and outlook to the current workforce, influencing the way things are done and changing the dynamics of the workplace.
Sumitra Nair, Director, Youth Community & Initiative, MDeC

Sumitra Nair, Youth Division Director of MDeC said “The current digital competency of Malaysian youth will continue to greatly impact the workplace of the 21st Century. According to the ‘Measuring the Information Society 2013’ report by International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Malaysia was ranked fourth highest in terms of percentage of digital natives globally, as more than 70% of our youth have had at least five years of exposure to the Internet. This advantage, when harnessed appropriately, will serve to steer the nation towards becoming a fully-developed digital economy, with the youth continuing to play a leading role in this.”

The trends are:
  1. Tech-Driven Youth
  2. Personal vs Professional Goals- work life balance
  3. More Job Opportunities - entrepreneurship as alternative career option
  4. Dispelling the Myth: Millennials lack work ethics- the need for digital work ethics
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