What skills should young people develop

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Sixteen percent of the world’s population is represented by people aged 15 to 24, equivalent to 1.2 billion young people. They face almost three times more unemployment, low quality jobs or inequality in the labor market than adults.

The United Nations, together with the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka, UNESCO and the International Labor Organization, created the World Youth Skills Day on June 15 to raise awareness of the importance of investing in the education of young people.

The UN estimated the number of unemployed youth worldwide at 74.5 million. 1 out of 5 young people (125 million) work, but their wages are very low. Considering that the labor situation is more complex and competitive, we must prepare the new generations, developing their skills and providing them with tools.

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What skills are recommended to succeed in the job market?

It is clear that a good academic background is essential, but entities also demand other qualities.

In addition to theoretical knowledge, companies are looking for young people with soft skills, such as teamwork, collaboration, imagination and leadership.

According to the 2018 Global Education and Skills Forum (Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF)), recommends the development of skills such as the tolerance, empathy, critical thinking and creativity. Complementing them with those mentioned in the “.The Future of Jobs of the World Economic Forum”, which are the problem solving, emotional intelligence, decision making, customer orientation, negotiation and cognitive flexibility.

Many of these skills can be developed organically on student exchange trips. Summer camps, Academic Courses and ERASMUS programs are one of these programs that support cultural diversity and help develop the personality traits that are desirable in today’s companies.

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The aim is to enable young people to contribute to the company by improving performance and productivity.

“Education will not change the world, it changes the people who will change the world.”

– Pablo Freire-

I leave you a video in which Pablo Heinig (electrical mechanical engineer and PhD student in Leisure and Human Potential Development and professor at ESADE Business School in Barcelona) proposes a method to think, feel and act according to the people we want to be.

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