“Skills of the future – a European approach”

23.05.2024 | 22:01

On May 21, an educational event was held with the involvement of the students of the UFF-33 group and the curator of the group, PhD of Economics, Assoc. Prof. Olga Sych on the topic “Skills of the Future – a European Approach”.

The European Skills Agenda is a strategic five-year plan developed by the European Commission in 2020. It aims to improve and upskill people within the EU to meet the rapidly changing needs of society and the economy.

Top 5 skills of the future specialist, which are in demand in the EU and will ensure sustainable and fair development of society:

  • Multilingualism
  • Digital literacy
  • Critical thinking
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social engagement.

To increase these skills, tools for entrepreneurship activation, language learning, digital and media literacy have to be developed.  Lifelong learning approaches should be implemented, where universities become the initiators and centres of such learning.

During the educational hour, students discussed the importance of future skills and formed their rating of the most useful skills of a young person. In the first place was stress resistance, the ability to overcome today’s challenges. The next soft skill is communication, the ability to work in a team. Knowledge of a foreign language is among the top three most important skills. The need for digital literacy and the possibility of using modern artificial intelligence tools to overcome the language barrier – in particular online simultaneous translation – were emphasized. The educational conversation made it possible to outline guidelines for young people on the way to acquiring useful skills that will be in demand in the domestic and European labour markets. Having learned about useful skills for building a successful career, everyone was able to build their trajectory of acquiring or improving existing knowledge and skills, placing the right emphasis.