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Being 18 in 2018

From Millenial to Generation Z...

How life has changed for the children of 2000 reaching adulthood...

For the past decade, we have been become familiarised with the term ‘Millennial's’, a generation of young people who reached adulthood around the year 2000. Millennial's were considered the first “global” and “interconnected” generation with the development of the internet, opening new ways of connectivity never before seen. However, as more of the world progresses online a new generation has matured and is reaching young adulthood. Coming to the end of 2018 and into the new year, this post millennial group are redefining societal conventions and companies are having to rethink their marketing, leadership and recruiting efforts in order to stay on trend and relevant.

Generation Z, also known as the iGeneration have followed on from the strides made by the millennial movement and taken these one step further. Living in a world constantly updating and changing... diversity is now an expectation not an exception.

As Riada celebrated our 18th birthday this year we have been exploring the prospects for young people living in Northern Ireland 2018. According to a report released by the Office for National Statistics (OSA) in November 2018, generation Z’s have high aspirations in terms of career and earnings.

Apprenticeships and training courses in college, university and the workplace are in high demand as teens today desire a more independent work environment. The newly developing & highly networked world has resulted in an entire generation acting more entrepreneurially and companies have to adapt, ensuring they are appealing and attracting future talent.

One of the biggest changes to how 18 year old's live nowadays compared to predecessors has, in part, been driven by the rise of digital technology. Time spent socialising including talking on the phone, meeting friends and family has declined by 27 minutes per day between 2000 - 2001 and 2014 to 2015 according to OSA. Time spent communicating, including social media has went up by 17 minutes per day, highlighting the importance our younger generation place online. Strong online marketing and branding builds trust with people now, as our general manager Arlene McConaghie comments…

“We have noticed a real culture shift to online platforms over the past 18 years of Riada Resourcing and have adapted our approach to suit behavioural habits...from working with school leavers, placement students and university graduates we recognise the need to have a

strong online & community presence in order to remain relevant and provide Northern Ireland’s younger generation with easily accessible

job opportunities ”

During the last 18 years we have learnt that regardless of a person’s age, listening and understanding their needs is how Riada delivers results and will continue to do so in the future.


Are you a school leaver looking for employment? Perhaps you're a recent university graduate wanting to secure degree relative, full time work?

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