As the new generations start to sweep into the workplace, we decided to take a peek into what Gen-Z looks for in their career. This post features two SAS employees from different generations. Our more senior employee, Savera Tanwir, asks questions of our Gen-Z mentor, Yutika Aggarwal, to take a peek into what careers look like from her perspective. But first, let's meet our mentor and mentee:
Savera got her Masters and PhD from the Computer Science department at NC State University. She worked as a Graduate research assistant at SAS while studying. After graduation, she joined SAS full-time and is now a Senior Technical Architect on the Justice and Public Safety team at SAS.
Yutika has been an AI intern on the GTP Pre-Sales team at SAS since May 2022. She is currently studying at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she is pursuing a double major in business administration and computer science.
Savera starts off the interview by asking Yutika what she is seeking in a career.
As Yutika states, being able to leave work and still have time for family in the evenings was critical when looking for a career. It allows her to have a personal life and be happy outside and inside the workplace. A good work/life balance certainly doesn't just apply to Yutika, either. Forbes magazine surveyed Gen-Z'ers with this same question and a resounding 73% of respondents said having a work/life balance and workplace health was one of the important factors.
In the fast-paced, tech-heavy workplace of today, Gen-Z is all about speed. They talk, think and act quickly. But does that come at a cost? Some may assume that this "need for speed" translates into impulsive and poor-quality decisions. However, they may have just figured out how to utilize their resources to become more efficient. Upcoming generations are similar to the generations before them. They strive to create efficiency yet still have substance. Gen-Z has other generations to thank for the building blocks to become fast and efficient without sacrificing quality. Yutika elaborates more on this: