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Education & Youth Employment: What do we need for our future?

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The increasing digitalisation of society and the workplace will have many consequences for the next generation of workers, both in terms of education and employment. Skills which were once considered essential by employers are likely to evolve, creating new ways of working and communicating, especially considering the growing influence of social media.

Youth unemployment remains a key concern in Europe, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, and so measures are being put in place to improve employment opportunities for young people across all member states.

So, now it’s over to you: What can we do to ensure better education and employment prospects for young people across Europe?

  • If you were an MEP, what would you do to help improve education and youth employment across Europe?
  • How should the European Parliament act to combat the emergence of a Covid-19 “lockdown generation”?
  • What do you think will be the essential skills that European employers expect from young candidates entering into the world of work?
  • How important a role will Artificial Intelligence (AI) play in the education and employment of the future generation of workers?

 

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Raphaela
11 March 2021
From my point of view, technology and consequently AI (Artificial Intelligence) cannot replace the teacher's/professor's position in any case. What it can do, is to help the teacher/professor elevate the educational system and make the lesson more interesting and efficient. Technology should be seen as a means to achieve something and not as the perfomer. So, Internet and electrical devices could be installed in school and university classes, for the conquest of a better perfomance.
Raphaela
11 March 2021
Young people leave their countries and move abroad, in order to find a job with a better salary, in which they have an interest in, because most of the professions in their home country are saturated . So, providing fudings for projects to create more job placements, will help decrease the migrant workers phenomenon.
As for the citizens, it is appropiate to get well educated, so that they respond best to their job obligations.
Stefano
10 February 2021
What activities should be promoted in the school system (starting from elementary school) to effectively orient students and accustom them to working life?
If you were an MEP, how would you improve the relationship between schools and companies/activities to create an easily accessible system?
Alberto
10 February 2021
I don't think so. The internet, if used correctly, could reapresent a perfect way to connect students with bigger realities, such as companies.
Alberto
10 February 2021
Consider schools situation in Italy. What would you do in order to improve Italy's students and workers skills?
Alberto
10 February 2021
Schools need to work with broader reality to establish lasting relationships in order to redesign their budget. As demonstrated by the 2020 European Semester: Country-specific Recommendation, Member States need appropriate active labor market policies to assist people in seeking suitable employment during recovery, with a special emphasis on young people, long-term unemployed and vulnerable groups» . Furthermore, innovative forms of work and entrepreneurship should be promoted, including social economy. In addition to this, meaningful involvement of social partners will be crucial for the success of any exit and recovery strategy.
Camino Velasco García
10 February 2021
My idea is about creating interest on studying by telling the students their individual posibilities about what way can they choose and how to get their goals. Also start rating the college carrer and a module with the same value if it's true, this can be done by letting the students know about the positive and negative aspects about choosing one way or the other. As I see it, this coul make people be more interested in their studies with an specific goal and be secure about the things that they can choose.
Ilona Sheehan
10 February 2021
If I were an MEP, I would instigate scholarships to promote women in STEM, politics and other male dominated areas, and vice versa. I would also educate children from a young age about equality.
Fernando López
10 February 2021
From my point of view as a student who has lived such a break in my education trajectory due to the recent pandemic, I could give a simple advice. In recent times students and teachers have done an effort using technology and online resources in order to prevent my generation from getting stuck in our studies. That could be seen as something positive, but is it really?

As I have said before that supposed an effort by both of us, and it should not be like that. Nowadays we have pried in the amount of technology that the EU provides to education, but it remains a major problem, the lack of knowledge to properly use all this advances.

Students like me could finish their studies, and they would know only basic things like creating an e-mail account and how to send screenshots. This skills are the minimum or even less to find a job in our current situation. Despiting how this is going to evolve in the next years we should consider how to improve computing skills of the next generations, to be sure that everyone knows how to defend themselves in a world in whic every day more employers and companies look for this skills.
Víctor
09 February 2021
The computers and the technology are taking off employers from companies because they do things like the humans.

I believe that this situation isn´t bad, but is a strange situation.

From my point of view, the way to educate young people now is incorrect. The education system now is to do exersices from the same thing a lot of, things like that. This way to educate isn´t the correct way to a better future. The correct form to educate the young people is teaching critical thinking, is a way to suggest dudes of a situation or exercise. This is the way to arrive to a spectacular future.
Adriana da Silva de Castro
09 February 2021
Due to the COVID-19 situation, our lives have been affected in many ways. One of the most important ones is our education. We have been forced to adapt to new methods of learning and developing our knowledge that is supposed to prepare us for the near future. Will our careers suffer any significant changes because of this?
The difference between our experience and others’ will be clearly different. At the same time, we’ll be dealing with an important crisis because of the pandemic’s effects.
Maite Fernández Gómez
08 February 2021
Unfortunately the COVID-19 lockdown generation will have a difficult time in the future. Online teaching for primary and secondary students has been the way to facilitar contents but, at the same time, it has led this generation to a lack of experience in teamwork, empathy,... aspects that you acquire by spending time with others.
I think that authorities should be aware of this and that an important effort should be made to promote these students in a positive way. For example, giving them the chance to apply for more scholarships or internships than the previous generations.
Kathrin N.
03 February 2021
Possibly the school system could be improved by learning everyday things in some subjects. For example, you could introduce a subject by learning how to write tax returns or what kinds of insurance there are.

The job offers for young people could be made more attractive. For example, building a fitness studio in the company so that young people would like to work in the company (e.g. providing company cars).

Offer good opportunities for advancement so that young people have the opportunity to develop further.

Youth unemployment could be prevented by companies sending their job offers to the job centers. There the young people could then accept an offer.

Independent work and working in a team is very much in demand. Reliability, punctuality, motivation and organization are also important criteria.

Mostly this depends on the work area, whether artificial intelligence is important. In some work areas, the workplaces are being replaced by artificial intelligence. But new jobs will also be created that will program the robots. But in general, artificial intelligence increases unemployment as many more jobs are replaced than new ones are created.
Konstantinos
31 January 2021
Just a really simple idea.

Research on what type of employers are gonna be needed in the next 5-15 years in every EU country.

Publish the results and drive the education system towards that direction.

Fighting unemployment and preparing the grounds for economy growth at the same time.
Maddalena Iozzo
25 January 2021
Good morning I am Maddalena and I attend the IIS Ferrari high school in Calabria, Italy. I would like to suggest to institutions to make youth employment one of the subjects taught in school. It would be useful to be taught how to write a curriculum and how to do a job interview. My purpose is to prepare students not only culturally, but also practically, so they will be able to pave the way for their future. Thank you for your time.
Paula Benchea
25 January 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic was the worst time to experience as a student. As a student myself, I want a change in the way education is approached in the country, as communist tendencies are still present. This problem is rooted in the form of management and laws that do not favor student status in any way. One of the problems in our education system is the role of being a teacher, because they do their job only for money, not with the goal of implementing ideas or developing the students’ abilities. We have to learn absolutely everything through rote-learning the material that we are given and the information is very rarely explained to us. We need freedom, we need answers, and stability. Students in final years have to memorise material that they will only need to know when they take an exam named "Bacalaureat", after which they never use again. They become people in their own right, incapable of managing a banking situation, getting a job or expressing their feelings. However, they know very well facts such as in what year a novel was written, where, how and by who, instead of understanding the contents of the novel itself. We, the students, are so robotic, and yet technology is far from being introduced to our education system. We learn from textbooks that were used in the years 2003-2005, and the quantity of material is always more important than its quality. Stress, anxiety, fear, sleeping problems and anger are the perfect words to describe the life of a Romanian student and to be honest, it is painful. We need an education administration to know the sad situation we are going through. The pandemic has shown us that the already bad system can get even worse. We have been shown that Romania is incapable of supporting the online environment, not to mention online schooling. We have seen how the teachers have acted and that absolutely nothing had been prepared or anticipated, resulting in the students suffering the most from the current situation. Instead of evolving significantly, we have become worse and the effects will be seen in the coming years in the labor market. The word "change" comes up so often on tv, on the radio, in the media and in newspapers but no one realizes that education is the first step towards change. The country's leadership should not be surprised as to why good students leave the country to continue their education elsewhere, and that the population is ageing. I apologize, but this is the reality and it deserves to be retouched by the power of real change. My generation no longer wants to sacrifice; we are tired of this mental pain.
Paula Benchea
25 January 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic was the worst time to experience as a student. As a student myself, I want a change in the way education is approached in the country, as communist tendencies are still present. This problem is rooted in the form of management and laws that do not favor student status in any way. One of the problems in our education system is the role of being a teacher, because they do their job only for money, not with the goal of implementing ideas or developing the students’ abilities. We have to learn absolutely everything through rote-learning the material that we are given and the information is very rarely explained to us. We need freedom, we need answers, and stability. Students in final years have to memorise material that they will only need to know when they take an exam named "Bacalaureat", after which they never use again. They become people in their own right, incapable of managing a banking situation, getting a job or expressing their feelings. However, they know very well facts such as in what year a novel was written, where, how and by who, instead of understanding the contents of the novel itself. We, the students, are so robotic, and yet technology is far from being introduced to our education system. We learn from textbooks that were used in the years 2003-2005, and the quantity of material is always more important than its quality. Stress, anxiety, fear, sleeping problems and anger are the perfect words to describe the life of a Romanian student and to be honest, it is painful. We need an education administration to know the sad situation we are going through. The pandemic has shown us that the already bad system can get even worse. We have been shown that Romania is incapable of supporting the online environment, not to mention online schooling. We have seen how the teachers have acted and that absolutely nothing had been prepared or anticipated, resulting in the students suffering the most from the current situation. Instead of evolving significantly, we have become worse and the effects will be seen in the coming years in the labor market. The word "change" comes up so often on tv, on the radio, in the media and in newspapers but no one realizes that education is the first step towards change. The country's leadership should not be surprised as to why good students leave the country to continue their education elsewhere, and that the population is ageing. I apologize, but this is the reality and it deserves to be retouched by the power of real change. My generation no longer wants to sacrifice; we are tired of this mental pain.
Theodor Ilie
25 January 2021
- preparing for even more digital society, breaking the safe zones of offline. What we do if the internet fail should be a scientific subject, not a reason to do it offline because is safer or more reliable. Teach simple trick for daily life use(search more info about an event do not just work with one opinion). Push more the fact that work is for robots and human mid should focus on identifying issues and fixing them.
- by not printing more money. We need a new way of living? Are we done playing god? Can we let every body die? Where are we? What we need to do? What can us do? We keep everybody in house until all get the vaccin? We need to do more?
- social skill (offline and online), variable digital skills (content editing, creation, coding, sql...), ability to self management, relevant communication (offline and online), problem solver. economic and legal policies. Sustainability. Every skill that a experienced hr recruiter can write in a job description for a student job.
- an AI interacting with students and teachers to help them identify they strengths and weaknesses. Can assist a teacher by rendering the object is talking about (a cube on geometry, map on geography). learn the same leason as the student and help him with more exemple or easy to understand definitions if need.
Dinesh
23 January 2021
Hello there,
I am Dinesh, I am a student at Instituto Politecnico de Braganca, I believe that first thing to decrease the employment is to create an environment of self employment. We know the fancy term entrepreneurship and all but it's still not scaled. EU must establish a system, where a student from any university or institute would be able to create a company. Students should be allowed to open companies free, they should have tax exemptions and also mentor support. This all could be done online, fundings like 1k or 2k euros for every student who has started a company. It's a less money but this would encourage them to come up with an idea and start a company. This would not demotivate them. A 6 credit course on entrepreneurship should be obligatory, regardless of their education background and this should be done in schools as well. We need to plant a seed of Innovation and entrepreneurship from the young age. A company or a startup should be for all the students regardless of their grades. Entrepreneurship for all, not just bright minded, because bright minded can always find the way or a job. It's the mediocre or average or students with bad grades which don't have any jobs. The passion do something should be inducted in them. Doesn't matter if that passion is for sports. And an owner of a fail company is far more experienced than any employee in the company. If we will fail with companies, we will always find a job afterwards because of the experience we gained. This should be fine everywhere, if we would able to to have even 100 companies per country, that would create a lot of employment in long term. We have to let them sustain, and tax benefits is the way. Don't provide a lot of cash, rather provide tax benefits. This project should be student enterprise, where students from any institute or university is able to start what they love. And trust me if we do so, we would see drastic change in unemployment, specially in the countries where it's very high.

Thanks
Mariavittoria Stumpo
21 January 2021
The effects of Covid-19 pandemic have emphasized the frequent difficulty for university students to find a job as soon as they graduated, sometimes taking years before they have a suitable profit for their own qualifications. More and more twenty-year people cannot earn their living because of the shortage of jobs, occupied by older and more experienced employees. A way out from this situation could be gradually free up jobs for young people and give them the opportunity to exploit their skills and at the same time to update the working methods to the new technological innovations.
It would be also very satisfying, both for young people who would rather be close to their families and for ones who would like to have an experience abroad, have the same chances to get a job where they feel more comfortable, without having to give up their aspirations. Remote work could become an occasional way for employees abroad to be able to focus on work and on family both. But it cannot be a habit as well as it was in an emergency state. Now we should start to think not how to adapt, but how to evolve.
Francesco e Gianluigi
21 January 2021
Information technology has become the fulcrum of everyone's life and work. To ensure better education and employment for all young people in Europe, this factor should be exploited. Teachers bound to the old methods of study, explanation and evaluation should accept innovation and update themselves using information technology. In this way, the students would not see the school or university as places outside their everyday life. As for current workers, they could take basic courses where young people could teach. In this way there would be a bilateral exchange: information technology in exchange for experience. Employers certainly expect knowledge of 2 or more languages, including English, and computer skills. In fact, to make your business grow, you need to update yourself, interacting with people from other European countries, sometimes even to know the advantages of AI. The use of the latter in the world of education at the moment finds very little space, in our opinion it is preferable to have direct contact between the teacher and the student rather than between a machine and a boy. The generational change in any field will certainly increase the use of information technology, hopefully not so much as to replace and overcome man.
III.AG
14 December 2020
How important a role will Artificial Intelligence play in the education and employment of the future generation of workers.
Artificial intelligence will rid us of hard, repetitive and non-fulfilling work. Thanks to this, we will be able to engage in activities that make a person human. Of course, this cannot be done without temporary turbulence in the labor market. That is why it is important that this topic is discussed and understood by each of us. Of course, education will also need to be adapted to this. Subjects that will soon be replaced by artificial intelligence, such as the profession of radiology, need to be phased out. On the other hand, more artificial intelligence developers will be needed, so teaching this field will need to be made more attractive so that aspiring students will be interested. It can serve physicians in improving the diagnosis and development of treatments for previously incurable diseases; can reduce energy consumption by optimizing resources; can contribute to a cleaner living environment by reducing the need for pesticides; can help refine weather forecasts and anticipate disasters, etc. The list is basically endless. Artificial intelligence will be the main thing driving economic growth and increasing productivity and contributing to sustainability, and viability of the industrial base in Europe. Artificial intelligence changes the world just like in the past a steam engine or electricity.
Daniel
13 December 2020
It is becoming evident that technology is more prominent in both our daily and working lives. To prepare young people across the EU, I feel that education in the use of computers and other technological devices must be incorporated into our school curriculum from a young age to ensure that we can keep up with the future demands of our potential employers. This education should include both programming/coding and the use of a variety of application software. This education would provide young people with an improved knowledge of technology which would in turn help to increase the percentage of youths being employed throughout the EU for the years to come.
Beatriz
13 December 2020
Reforme the teaching curricular goals to a more pragmatic approach, aiming to make our students more fit for the labor market.
We forget a lot of what we study and we end up losing time at school with too much theory.
We could use that time doing more pratical activities and preparing us for what the labor market expect for us.
Insert simulations of real issues that might come up at work in schools, and progressively make mandatory for the universities to have internships for their students.
This measure would help bridge the absence of a first professional experience, which is very important since we find very hard to actually work and study at the same time, and when we try to get a job we are constantly asked for professional experience, because what we studied wasn't enough.
Willemijn Ponsioen
13 December 2020
The EU should take over responsibility for job opportunity programmes for young people from the governments of individual member states. This will greatly enhance international cooperation, job mobility and chances to find a suitable job for young people within the EU area.