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Problems of youth in the spotlight

On October 20, an extended meeting of the working group "Sustainable future of Astrakhan Oblast" developing youth resources will take place at the international municipal forum Southern Dialogue.

Modern technologies increasingly invade the economic and social life of people. This process concurs with an explosive growth of information and requires constant exploration of new insights. In this regard, the right choice of the future profession becomes a key success factor for young people.

This choice, however, comes along with certain risks, whose role has increased significantly in recent years. Just five years ago there was a risk of choosing an occupation that did not correspond to the person’s abilities, talents and ambitions, now there is a risks of choosing an industry that will go extinct in the mid-term and risks of choosing a wrong job that can be replaced by robots.

At the same time, today the education level of undergraduates, their personal and professional skills often do not meet the requirements of employers. Statistics show that more than 30% of the Russian youth changes work path within five years after starting their career. More than 65% leave the first job one year after employment. Young professionals can not fully realize their potential and build a career, and companies suffer from a shortage of young talented employees.

To adapt the youth education and employment policy to the contemporary challenges requires a systemic approach that considers the interests of employers, universities and future professionals. The key goal is to ensure the most effective and coherent integration of young people in the labor market, benefiting from their potential in developing the region.

Vice-Governor – Chairman of the Astrakhan Obalst Government Rasul Sultanov, Deputy Head of the Astrakhan Administration Victor Korzhenko and Deputy Director of the Astrakhan Development Fund Mikhail Grigoriev will give their perspective on ways to settle the problem at the meeting of the working group. The discussion will be chaired by Alexei Shipov, the Director of the Center for Change Management at RANEPA, the Managing Director of Sustainable Future of Russia Platform for Young Professionals.

The Platform for Young Professionals brings together young leaders of Russia, lays down the grounds for their self-realization and generates the strategic succession pool for the nation’s sustainable development. From the beginnings in 2011, it has gone from a contest of student projects to a federal system for selecting and developing talented young people. To date, the platform has promoted over 170 projects, and more than 2,500 people from 67 Russian regions have taken part in related activities.