The main trends include key skills in working with big data, with the Internet of things, with any kind of software, and skills that the fuel and energy sector is traditionally strong at, hard skills: the hardware, the technological process where everything is strictly regulated, and everything is precise and according to the instructions — that is not going away. However, we can’t ignore the fact that the market demands other specialists — Anastasiya Bondarenko, State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation.
For some reason, it is believed that the future is in soft skills. It is in this gap between what industry demands and some certain expectations that the key problem lies — Nikita Golunov, Vice-Rector for Continuing Professional Education, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas (National Research University).
An important trend is popularization of manual labour and engineering professions. I find it important to point out that our government pays much attention to this subject. In 2015, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed an action plan for the Russian Government, and in our consortium with the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Industry we implement a project that will soon be redesigned into a communication platform throughout the education in petroleum industry — Georgiy Korshunov, Vice-Rector for External and International Affairs, Ukhta State Technical University; Coordinator, National Consortium of Mineral Resource Industry Higher Educational Institutions of Russia.