Super-Competencies: Way to Reduce Time to Employment
No more than 15% of students can be classed as uber-competent, but they shouldn’t be confused with straight-A students, of whom there are roughly the same number.
We’re talking about 10–12–15% of students who are self-aware. And it’s only the self-aware, and not always the straight-A students, who advance — Dmitry Guzhelya, Head of Evaluation and Methodology Department, ANO Russia – Land of Opportunity.
There’s nothing supernatural about uber-competencies
12–15% of job seekers is a sizeable, statistically significant figure. It’s roughly comparable to the number of straight-A students at universities. But it’s not only straight-A students that are seeking employment. It’s time for us to stop labelling sessions on the recruitment of students – while they’re still students – with the prefix “uber”. And, through our combined efforts, we need to make this a kind of norm for universities — Dmitry Zemtsov, Vice Rector, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
Employers are interested in candidates with uber-competencies
Students shouldn’t be afraid. We know they only have theoretical knowledge at this stage. The most important thing is the competencies, the “uber” ones. Although for me, there’s nothing “uber” about it. It’s just natural — Sergey Ledin, Head of Organizational Development, Remuneration and Benefits Department, Sakhalin Energy.
At Russian universities, students study the history of industries rather than today’s real world
Everything’s evolving very, very quickly. But how does the classical model of education work? Something happens in the real world, teachers and academics become aware of it and write about it in textbooks. And 15 years later, this textbook – after the change has taken place in life and in practices – finally ends up in student hands. And so students are essentially learning about the history of their industry, not what’s happening in it right now. But this model is no longer fit for purpose in today’s world. Universities need to not just keep up with what’s happening but to lead the way, because universities are factories of new knowledge and don’t exist merely to document, transmit and train staff for others — Oksana Martynenko, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Far Eastern Federal University.
Universities often employ people lacking the necessary experience and expertise
We’re being taught practical things by people who can’t do them themselves. People who aren’t themselves successful. We should be being taught by the best. By those who have these skills — Evgeniy Szhenov, Scientific Supervisor, Expert and Analytical Center "Scientific and Educational Policy".
The quality of Russia’s humanitarian and teacher education leaves much to be desired
As far as purely humanitarian and teacher education is concerned – we’re ending up with kids who, unfortunately, aren’t meeting the requirements of today’s labour market, especially as the highest demands are now being made of them — Dmitry Guzhelya, Head of Evaluation and Methodology Department, ANO Russia – Land of Opportunity.
The outflow of people with uber-competencies from Russia has increased dramatically, and we’re not just talking about IT
We’re currently seeing some crazy figures for staff outflows against the backdrop of the situation that unfolded at the end of the winter. And the first group we’re talking about is IT, in other words, people with high IQs. And those capable of creating products that will be in demand in the future. It’s those same people with uber-competencies — Oksana Kosachenko, President, Sistema Charitable Foundation.
Universities need to focus more on extra-curricular components
Education doesn’t just take place in the lecture hall. It actually takes place between the lecture halls. Why is it that lots of us don’t work in the professions we were trained for? Because by and large, it’s these soft skills that we acquire at university. It’s there that we adapt: how to pass an exam or how to do things with others. There should be a lot of focus on that — Vadim Kulubekov, Two-time winner of the "Best Young Entrepreneur of Russia" status.
Uber-competencies, like regular competencies, need to be targeted at employers
Being focussed on practical skills and on your employer is crucial. And it’s crucial not just for professional competencies. If we’re talking about two components – ‘professional’ and ‘soft’ competencies, then as far as soft competencies are concerned, oddly enough, employees need to take their cues from their employers — Dmitry Guzhelya, Head of Evaluation and Methodology Department, ANO Russia – Land of Opportunity.
Students should have systematic access to successful role models
We need to single out examples of young entrepreneurs who have already achieved something. We need to keep company with who we want to be. There should be an environment where students can meet those who have already achieved something, to whom they can catch up. We need to create this environment within universities — Vadim Kulubekov, Two-time winner of the "Best Young Entrepreneur of Russia" status.
The Russian education system – disconnected from reality – has much to learn from business
We need to stop thinking in terms of ‘I’m a teacher, you’re an employer’. We need to tie everything together — Evgeniy Szhenov, Scientific Supervisor, Expert and Analytical Center "Scientific and Educational Policy".
Universities need to pick up speed so as to not trail behind real economic life
It’s not enough for us not simply to be behind, we need to be ahead. That’s actually the major challenge for the educational process and how it should be structured — Oksana Martynenko, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Far Eastern Federal University.