CAN DIGITAL COMPETENCE SAVE YOUTH FROM UNEMPLOYMENT?

CAN DIGITAL COMPETENCE SAVE YOUTH FROM UNEMPLOYMENT?

(guest post by Ilona Griniute) The European economic crisis that started in late 2009 gave way to high rates of unemployment, especially among young people. Beginning this year, the European Commission estimated that over 5 million young people aged 15-24 were unemployed. Youth unemployment has been in the spotlight of European policy makers and governmental institutions trying to solve the enigma by proposing numerous actions to tackle unemployment that is part of European recession. Almost every second youth in Greece or Spain are unemployed. Similar numbers are exhibited in Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, and Portugal. Other European countries struggle with over 20% of unemployment while the EU average still stands at 20.7% as of June 2015. What makes it so difficult for young people to find jobs? Are there not enough jobs available? Are youth not competent for available vacancies in the labor market? COMPANIES GO ONLINE – JOBS GO DIGITAL A significant part of business has moved online and having e-commerce whenever possible is essential to many companies and organizations. In addition, a mobile presence is evolving as another main channel to attract customers, to get them to buy services or simply access information anywhere, anytime. An estimated 3 billion mobile users are counted today. This is almost half of the planet’s population. That being said, many changes have been brought into certain job functions, for instance, marketing and communications now requires an extensive digital skill set. Additionally, we have seen new job titles springing up like mushrooms after the rain: starting with community and social media managers moving to SEO consultants, web analytics developers, mobile marketers and growth hackers. These are...
What companies look for in young ICT specialists

What companies look for in young ICT specialists

At the Annual conference of Telecentre Europe, held in Belgrade on 24th September this year, we had the occasion to hear perspectives from the industry on what skills they expect young people interested in ICT careers to have. Elmars Gengers, the CEO of “TIETO” Ltd ( Latvia), the leading IT services company in the Baltics, told us about the IT service industry, how it is adapting to the consumers and what kind of skills they look for when hiring. He started his presentation by reminding the auidience that any breakthrough and advancement in IT industry happens because of innovation. Today the IT services industry is not so much about software but about reaching out to the customers and adapting to their needs. “People want three things from technology: that it can “do more with less”, that they can access everything quickly and on any device (especially the mobile phone) and that all services are 24/7.” This means that ICT practitioners need to be always thinking ahead. But more importantly they need to understand concrete business needs. For this they need to be creative and capable of working with people and teams across disciplines. For his company TIETO Latvia, the biggest challenge when it comes to hiring is that they cannot predict, even if a candidate comes with great talent and knowledge, how that candidate will solve concrete problems. What they look for is people who are brave enough to ask questions, have analytical thinking skills and who can thrive in a complex world where things should be made very simple and intuitive. For a full presentation please go to Telecentre...