Career Services provides information on the type of skills needed for the future and the imperative of reskilling.
The role of career services is traditionally to make students explore career opportunities during and after university and to make them learn how to become the best possible marketable job candidates.
“At IUM, all students benefit from a large range of career services and corporate relations activities, supporting their career goal clarification as well as their job search strategies. Specific career seminars are organized, professional guest lecturers are welcomed and career days support our 750 students to find their internships and future jobs,” said Sophie de Lorenzo, Director of Career Services and Corporate Relations.
But the technology-driven world implies important implications for workforce skills and wages. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, 20-30% of the working-age population in the United States and the European Union is engaged in technology-enabled and on-demand, independent work; a number that is expected to grow. While some jobs will become automated and others will change significantly because of technology, we also recognize that new markets, industries, and jobs will be created – some of which we cannot even imagine today. In this fast-paced economy, learning should be seen as a lifelong endeavor for individuals at every stage of their careers.
It’s the role of the career services to support students’ capacity to get a job. Guidance may be needed to help them to develop their softer but essential skills and to align with job evolution.
Focus on “human” skills, not just digital competencies
According to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, “skills not degrees may be the reality of the future.
As entire new industries are created and traditional ones expand and contract significantly, the skills needed to keep up are evolving at a faster rate than ever before. Educators and higher education leaders must approach skills competency with a flexible growth mindset that will serve students well across the global, knowledge-based economy – and throughout their careers. There is an undeniable need to train the next generation in emerging digital competencies and to be fluent in designing, developing or employing technology responsibly. At the same time, 21st-century students must learn how to approach problems from many perspectives, cultivate and exploit creativity, engage in complex communication, and leverage critical thinking. With a future of work that is constantly evolving, these non-automatable “human” skills are foundational, and will only increase in value as automation becomes more mainstream.”
“Career development is a journey. Wherever you are in the process — from career planning to consider graduate school — we offer one-on-one assistance to help you plan and achieve career success,” said Mrs. de Lorenzo.
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