This is a presentation about young employability. How to improve your chances to find a job in a job market that is similar to a jungle. You'll discover 5 tips to survive before getting your (first) job.
Simion ILIE – why I was invited ?
Recently I implemented a ESF strategic project
helping more than 5.000 beneficiaries to improve
their chances to find a job (including by reducing
I have a Master degree in Information and
Communication – Toulouse (2007-2008)
I’m very interested in contributing to a better
knowledge-based society thru Life-Long Learning
programs and projects that I will imagine and
Please be aware that my intervention…
It’s not about…
• How to easily find a great job
• How social-media can help you to get immediately a
• What are the skills that you need to be hired NOW!
• How to manage with procrastination
• What is pomodoro technique
• How Adam Pacitti found a job
• 5 tips to survive before getting your (first) job
Instead of introduction… an information
It is estimated that by 2015, 90% of jobs
will require at least a basic level of digital skills.
Digital competences are very important…
BUT not for you !
Good news : You already have basic digital
•Basic computer skills
•Basic internet skills
•Legal and ethical
***Conceptual framework for Digital Competence
Quiz: How many logos do you recognize ?
Bad news: An employer wants from you
more than basic ICT skills…
Basic ICT skills
• Use an email application
• Create a simple word
• Create a table in excel
• Navigate on Internet
• Create a Facebook account
• Buying plane tickets
• Making an on-line reservation
for a hotel
Advanced ICT skills
• Set rules and alerts in order to
improve your productivity
• Create a professional
document with cover page,
TOC or IOF
• Manipulate complex formulas
for financial reporting purposes
• Realize a constant monitoring
of a subject thru World Wide
Remember a reality that bothers us !
European Young Unemployed Rate
There are a lot of external reasons (recession, uncertainty,
inappropriate connection between school and labor-market…),
BUT I take the risk to speak about
5 personal reasons that influence young employability
5 correlated tips for a young job-seeker survival-guide.
5 personal reasons that
influence young employability
5 good tips for a young jobseeker survival-guide
Lack of orientation
Lack of focus
Lack of luck
Lack of courage
Lack of creativity
1-Stay oriented - find your way
A lot of new jobs appear every day. 10 years ago these
jobs did not even exist :
New Media Developer
1-Stay oriented – be present
You can’t find something you DON’T SEARCH for!
Happy few has very clear carrier objectives from a very early stage
For THE REST there is no miracle method (speak with others,
speak with yourself, try different things, be volunteer, take the
risk to go wrong!)
Forecasts suggest that by 2015, there may be as many as
700.000 unfilled job vacancies in the area of ICT
Make your own good choices during initial formation phase. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) – seem
to be the future for what concern education paths
Adopt Life Long Learning philosophy
2. Stay focused and motivated
A lot of UNIMPORTANT things tend to distract you every minute social media activity can be very time-consuming.
Remember “Paretto low” (80-20)
2-Stay focused and motivated
Identify your own objectives
Cultivate your taste for effort
You’ll not reach a goal if you don’t have one
Something to easy to be true, is not true. Don’t believe a word of
today’s Ads prone that speaks a lot about easiness ! Instead of this
- Build up a strong culture and become a real professional.
Don’t let something for later, if you can do it now.
Apply “pomodoro technique”
3-Stay optimistic – think positive
You should stay optimistic in a world with a pronounced
taste for negativity.
Messages like “That’s a problem”, “You’ll fail!” , “You can’t do
it!”, “You have no chance!”, are more often encountered than
How to overpass it ?
Eliminate the source or negative messages around you
Focus on the present
Don’t be afraid to fail – STOP that fear that paralyse your actions
Create an ideal of you and then start making decision and choices
“The harder you try the luckier you get” (Gerald Ford)
3-Stay optimistic – disconnect
Set Aside Some Quiet Time to Recharge.
Make sure to set aside some time each day – even if it's just 15
minutes -- to turn off the phone, the laptop and the voices in your
It's hard to feel optimistic when your batteries are always run
Just enjoy the stillness and the calm and see how that little kid
inside is doing.
Disconnect to connect
4 - Be brave – take risks.
Nothing can substitute experience
5-Be creative – think outside
In a word that turns more and more on-line… basic
digital skills are mandatory in order to find a job
(people over 50 and from the rural area are most vulnerable)
Only 20% of our “daily surfing” is valuable, 80% is
A lot of new jobs appear every day, young generation
should prepare for them and create them
For getting a job, skills and experience are
important, but attitude and values are crucial
Some useful links…
Viral job-seeker campaign
The science of procrastination
Disconnect to connect