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Facing East: How Can Young People Find Their Feet on the Labour Market?
4 September 2021
15:00—16:30
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Career guidance is important for every individual, as well as for the state and economy as a whole

Career guidance is important in several respects, including in funding education. That is because when an investment is made to train an engineer, teacher, or doctor, we must be able to assume that that is approximately the number of teachers, doctors, and engineers we will end up with, one way or another. We cannot have a situation like in the ’90s, when entire cohorts of engineering students ended up in the service sector, in tourism, or some other industry which was new to them — Anton Serikov, Deputy General Director, Russia - the Country of Opportunities.

It seems to me that providing career guidance, and doing so to a high standard, will enable people to select an area of work which they will enjoy. On the other hand, an economic effect depends heavily on making the right choice — Vyacheslav Shoptenko, Director, Institute for Organizational Development and Strategic Initiatives, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).

Career guidance must first be offered as early as possible – in effect, from nursery school

When it comes to career guidance, I am convinced that it needs to be offered as early as possible – definitely not when children are going to school, but nursery school, and perhaps even earlier — Nikolay Stetsko, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Primorsky Krai.

Career guidance needs to begin at nursery school, because a youngster must understand what the labour market is, particularly here in the Far East, where there is a much greater chance of earning a high salary than in Moscow — Aleksandr Vaino, Head of Youth Initiatives Center, Agency of Strategic Initiatives (ASI).

A dual education system which greater reflects reality needs to be developed

The fundamental knowledge system can and should be scaled down – there needs to be more variation in education. <...> We should aim as much as possible for a dual system, whereby a person is at university one day, and at work the next, with a person assigned to them. This option provides the closest approximation of real life — Aleksandr Vaino, Head of Youth Initiatives Center, Agency of Strategic Initiatives (ASI).

ISSUES
Young people frequently do not understand how to find their feet on the labour market, and become educational tourists

It is essential to explain to young people what their options are. They have a vague understanding, but we do not currently have a career guidance centre in Russia. <...> Young people mainly come with a request along the lines of, ‘Help me, I have no idea what I want to do’. And this wavering uncertainty turns them into educational tourists — Aleksandr Vaino, Head of Youth Initiatives Center, Agency of Strategic Initiatives (ASI).

A personnel shortage in remote regions of the country, particularly in the Far East

We realize that our problem today is not trying to find a manager, but to find an excellent welder, who could work at the Zvezda factory for a monthly salary of RUB 150,000. But these people do not exist, and we have to bring them in from other regions of the country — Nikolay Stetsko, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Primorsky Krai.

SOLUTIONS
Selecting an educational trajectory and consuming information consciously

It’s essential to differentiate between enlightenment and education. <...> The mission of enlightenment is to ensure that the correct educational path is selected. And that is very much the essence of career guidance – working out where you want to invest your time to develop. By constantly studying the world in this way, you’ll gain an understanding of what it is you find interesting. We have conducted research amongst school pupils and students, and have found that this is their main request when it comes to content, to information — Maxim Dreval, General Director, Russian "Znanie" Society.

Lifelong development is an ecosystem of sorts – an environment in which you consciously consume information. We have a few questions which we invite our participants to consider before they embark on a lengthy educational programme and invest their time there. The first question seems very simple – do I need this for my work? Will this information benefit me at my current place of work, in my current occupation? Do I need this knowledge? If the answer is ‘yes’, then great. An adult learns excellently when they understand how they will be able to apply their new knowledge in practice — Maria Afonina, Vice-rector for Educational Activities, "Senezh" Management Workshop.

Offering work experience opportunities to young people

Some schools already offer classes specializing in entrepreneurship, business, economics, or microeconomics. And in all likelihood, offering certain subjects, giving children a say, and allowing for some variation in their education is very much the right approach — Dmitry Afanasyev, Founder, First IT Alliance.

It is vital to give the chance to try things, so that they make a conscious choice. This is an area of career guidance which the education system has very much neglected. There are no opportunities to try things out, because the know-how is not there. It’s important for youngsters to quicky understand whether being an engineer at a nuclear power plant would be great for them — Vyacheslav Shoptenko, Director, Institute for Organizational Development and Strategic Initiatives, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).

For us, it is just as important for a person to realize what does not appeal to them and to decide that they will not work in a particular area as it is for them to decide to focus more in a certain field — Vyacheslav Shoptenko, Director, Institute for Organizational Development and Strategic Initiatives, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).

Creating an environment that is favourable to young professionals

The regional and municipal authorities realize that the people coming from all regions of the country to study at the Far Eastern Federal University are discovering Primorye Territory over these few years. And on our part, we must react to their message, and create an environment in which they will be valued — Nikolay Stetsko, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Primorsky Krai.