We must promote brain circulation, brain drain belongs to the past. The young must develop their talents and skills in a global world. Talent is like a boomerang: the more we encourage it to explore, the more it will want to return.
Maja Makovec Brenčič, PhD, Minister of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia, emphasized during the talent quiz: »95% of Slovenian children are talented. We have to ask ourselves - how can we recognize and develop them and how to direct them towards the right fields? Recognizing them alone is not enough. We must believe in talent and support it. We must allow people to express their difference and encourage them in it. Teaching must be flexible and must connect different fields and topics. We need empowered teachers and all participants to cooperate, as well as curiosity.«
In 2030, Slovenia will reach 9th place on the list of countries with the oldest population. Yearly, 8,500 people leave Slovenia, 40% of them being highly educated. »We have an open education system, a flexible young generation and a support environment that enables all generations to develop themselves in the right direction, i.e. in line with the market. The young generation is agile, but this is only a short-term course. We should adopt a life-long learning mentality. When it comes to talent, there is no comfort zone«, commented Minister Maja Makovec Brenčič.
»Skills and will are the perfect x-factor formula. By trying to diagnose people, we are killing their talent. Let us allow talented people to discover themselves. When doing so, let us not focus on age; there are also talented people older than 30«, said Perry Timms, Founder and Chief Energy Officer, PTHR (People and Transformational HR). A self-confessed future-obsessed HR expert finished his speech with: »Get used to disruptions; in the future, knowledge will supersede certainty and security. We must make every effort in creating new jobs and mobility. A 40-hour week might not be the most appropriate choice when managing talents and their skills.«
In 2019, Slovenia’s unemployment rate will reach zero. We will have no more people to employ. Bojana Zupanič, Head of Succession at Danfoss and HR Manager of 2016, emphasized the meaning of motivated employees and the transformation of leadership models: »As long as we have a chance to find jobs that suit us, everything is O.K. We must ask ourselves: How can we attract people to come to Slovenia? In 2019, that is - now, we will search for talent abroad, we will adapt.«
Matej Potokar, Microsoft, talked about the CEO vision: »Labor is becoming a service. The role of the CEO is to attract top talent and to form teams that will reach their goals despite their short-term and constantly changing cooperation.«
Miro Smrekar, managing director Adecco Slovenia, commented on the current Global Talent Competitiveness Index and stressed: »Amongst the top ten attractive cities for talented people, seven have fewer than 400,000 citizens. Talented people connect with each other, that is why we must create a hub for talent from all over the world.«
Perry Timms: »People live in Slovenia, they don’t just exist. Here, I can feel a special energy. In the future, quality of life will have more meaning than just economic prosperity.«
Maja Makovec Brenčič: »We have a safe and stable education system which we must see as an advantage.«
Bojana Zupanič: »Slovenia is unique. We have all the best things in life and should remain on this path.«
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