Generation Z working interest in Agriculture Sector: The case for vocational school students in Bogor
Each generation has different characteristics, mindsets, belief, values and behaviors. Understanding of multi-generational is indispensable for maintaining work motivation and productivity. The Z-generation (Gen Z) was born starting in the year of 1995, beginning to enter the working force age. Surveys and studies on Gen Z are still few. This research aims to see the characteristics of Gen Z in Indonesia on their interest in working at the agriculture sector. The descriptive quantitative study was conducted in the Vocational School of Ministry of Agriculture in Bogor, Indonesia. Three hundred and thirty-eight respondents were asked to answer the survey questionnaire on their perception on work as general and specifically in agricultural sector. The research findings from the working perspective shows the stability of the work is considered important 50%. However, 41% has a plan to start their own business. They are ready to work harder to earn extra money and for better job opportunities. This study shows that the desire to work in the agricultural industry is still substantial (96%). However, 52% of them plan to work in agriculture sector as a job creator. They also expect to work in work with technology support and this is consistent with the characteristics of Gen Z where they depend heavily on technology. Because the samples are small and only in one location, larger sample sizes and distribution throughout Indonesia are recommended to gain generalization of Gen Z in Indonesia. This study contributes both theoretically and practically. Theoretically, this study provides empirical evidence of characteristics of Gen Z on work perspective. Practically, this research will provide insight to the management that Gen Z differs from the previous generations; therefore, they require different treatments.