The Federation Council discusses the issue of young professionals’ employment

Russia has to change its approach to employment of young professionals and university graduates, shifting employers’ focus from work experience to talent potential. We have to implement a new smart platform to help students and graduates find jobs that would fit their real potential, personalities, competences and other traits they should have as job applicants.

That was the conclusion made at the end of the Employment and Career for Young Professionals: Challenges of Our Times round table that was organized in the Federation Council on February 16. It united representatives from over 35 Russian regions, ASI Center for Youth Initiatives, Roscongress Foundation, Labor Ministry, Education and Science Ministry, Talanty smart platform for young professionals’ testing and employment, large industrial and educational companies.

Presentation by Alexander Vaino, Head of the Center for Youth Initiatives, ASI, was focused on the latest tendencies in talent training.

“One of the most popular trends is training personalization. That include online training courses, the popularity of which reaffirms that remote training is now as highly demanded as ever. There’s a need to structure personal educational trajectories,” Alexander Vaino stated.

Speaking about ASI’s work in that direction, Alexander Vaino mentioned the National Talent Initiative that oversees programs to promote employment of young people (age 14-24). ASI experts underscore that it’s vital to create the mechanism for charting personal tracks in education programs, Alexander Vaino stated. In their opinion, regional students and employment services should join this process.

Furthermore, ASI and the Ministry of Education and Science will develop a system of events for students aimed to diagnose and improve their skills in order to boost their future employment options. As Alexander Vaino noted, those events should involve federal and regional authorities, development institutions, employers and experts. According to him, now employers have very few options for interaction with universities in order to facilitate training of the talent they need. That is a problem that has to be addressed.

“It’s difficult to coordinate youth policy now: we have lots of authorities supposed to be responsible for that: the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, the Ministry of Labor. The youth policy should be united by a common information field. A young person feels lost and disillusioned if he or she doesn’t have a single entry point where they can get information on what they should do and where they should go to acquire new skills. The WorldSkills Russia system, regional employment and career centers can all be such tools,” Alexander Vaino added.

As the roundtable concluded, its participants offered several solutions that could help graduates and young professionals fund employment and start on their career path. The Ministry of Science and Higher Education pledges to consider introducing a new smart platform which would allow the first and second year students to undergo thorough career guidance, and the graduates - to assess their real potential and strong points, to get help help building career plans for themselves and to get jobs with the leading companies in the country.

An important common goal for ASI, Ministry of Science and Higher Education and regional universities would be to develop a special program for students, graduates and young professionals that would help them make honest assessment of their current skills and learn how they match the requirements set by employers in their fields. It would also use a smart algorithm to help users find jobs, thus improving employers’ staff retainment rates.

Alexander Varfolomeev, First Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy, said he was confident that the combined effort of the Council and ASI will help solve the key youth employment issues not only in big cities, but also in smaller towns and villages.