The workload of employees is changing rapidly. While in the past companies looked for workers trained in a specific field, today they try to recruit mainly those who are able to constantly change and learn. Technologies are developing so quickly that any knowledge and skills quickly become obsolete and need to be constantly updated.
A study by the consulting company Boston Consulting Group says that 4.2 million people need to expand their current skills for the needs of the new economy, and one million people will even need a completely new education because their jobs will disappear.
“If the state, companies and employees do not respond actively to these changes, the Czech economy may face a decline in competitiveness, an increase in unemployment and a slowdown in GDP growth,” the company said in 2022.
When we were finishing high school, we lacked any information about the requirements of employers. We felt lost. That’s why a project was created that wants to change that.
The event was invented by two former students, Dominik Hamaj and Peter Neumann, who were annoyed that the school gave them the theoretical foundations, but did not prepare them for real practice. That is why, in cooperation with experts from practice, they started bringing information to students in Slovakia about key trends and interesting companies in selected fields five years ago, so that thanks to them they can make more confident decisions about their future and career.
Originally, these were traditional physical events that were transformed into online broadcasts in 2021. In 2022, the events were transferred to the Czech Republic, and on Wednesday, the second edition of Readycon Czech Republic 2023 took place, which was attended by more than 58,000 high school students, 2,500 teachers and 70 experts from practice, together with 600 partner organizations.
One of them is the company Seznam (parent organization of Seznam Zpráv) or the branding and web studio Pomasle, which included interactive elements in the broadcast for mutual communication with students.
“When we were finishing high school, we lacked any information about the requirements of employers and the nature of possible future work. We felt lost. This motivated us to establish this project to help current students find the right direction. Today it is even more critical, as the requirements of companies are changing rapidly and technological progress is going faster and faster,” says Peter Neumann.
Dominik Hamaj, on the other hand, considers it crucial that high school students get an insight into practice as soon as possible. “For a smooth transition from school desks to professional life, it is essential that students prepare during their studies,” says the second of the founders of the Readycon event.
Immediately after the event, students evaluate what it brought them, and according to Neumann, more than 80 percent of them declared that the information was “very beneficial” or “fairly beneficial” for them.
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And what specifically did the students in the Czech Republic listen to? Experts from practice spoke in eight professional programs focused on trends in electrical engineering, information technology, construction, engineering, media, marketing and management, trade and services, healthcare and finance.
In lectures focused on elektrotechniku students learned, for example, how they can contribute to space exploration, why the future of energy is in renewable sources, what potential is brought by electromobility, robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT), within which up to 30.9 billion devices could be connected by 2025. Continental took over the patronage of this panel.
In the section focused on trends in trade and services speakers told the students how this field is saturated with hyper-personalization, where an individualized approach to customers and their needs dominates. They also focused on the world of digital commerce with an emphasis on the Metaverse – a virtual universe where people can communicate, work, play and create.
They focused on the future in the field of hotels, tourism, gastronomy and hospitality, and Michal Daniel from the online perfumery Notino talked about how he applied to a Spanish grammar school without knowing Spanish in order to be forced to learn the language quickly. The ability to quickly “absorb” new information came in handy in his subsequent practice, where he worked his way up from the position of assistant at Notin to head of the personnel and legal department within a few years.
According to him, it is important to do anything within the school and outside it, in which people learn to communicate with others and accept new challenges. “I would recommend trying to surround yourself with successful people with good hearts. They will help you, guide you and teach you a lot. It’s also good not to take things personally, sometimes even swallow things and move on,” Daniel advises the students.
In the area focused on Information Technology students learned how cloud technologies and big data are changing the way we interpret information and how it affects business.
Students also learned about the possibilities associated with artificial intelligence, specifically in the field of chatbots, which are increasingly interfering with interactions with clients of various fields. Students also looked at the ChatGPT model behind the generation of many texts.
As part of the show trends in engineering students were immersed in a world where they had the opportunity to discover how robotics and automation are shaping the future of the industry. It was clear from the lectures that micro- and nanotechnology are completely changing the game in this industry and that 3D printing and additive manufacturing in general represent serious competition to traditional manufacturing methods.
In the section focused on financial world experts talked about new technologies and approaches to financing, such as decentralized financial solutions and how digitization is changing the way we manage and invest our money. Students also learned how smart contract audits protect investments in the era of decentralization and that impact investing is evolving in light of global warming.
As part of the program about healthcare experts talked about genetic engineering, digitization in health care and how business principles penetrate the health care industry.
Broadcasting aimed at construction showed high school students how smart and green cities are built, what modern building materials and technologies such as BIM and augmented reality can be used for, as well as how these innovations are changing architecture and urbanism.
Show media, marketing and management showed students ways to effectively manage projects and teams. Students also learned about influencer marketing and the importance of quality content, which is the basis for good marketing.
The entire broadcast was united by one idea: Anyone who wants to get an interesting and well-paid job must know languages, communicate well with others and be active outside of school.
“Extracurricular activities are important and perhaps more important than grades for studying in England or the United States. They are an indicator that you are also developing outside of school and are looking for experiences that are very important for life, but you wouldn’t find them just by studying,” summarizes Jakub Zemek, a graduate of space engineering at The University of Manchester and a supporter of innovation in the space industry.