Sustainable employability for professional reinvention in uncertain times
10 de December de 2020
10 de December de 2020
Within the framework of the EAE On Session series, EAE Business School organized an online session that took an in-depth look at the concept of “sustainable employability”, and the environment required to foster it, as a key factor in professional reinvention, , a constant mindset in the current and future professional market. The session was moderated by Pilar Llácer, the lecturer and Director of Research at the Work of the Future Centre at EAE Business School. Llácer started the session by encouraging the audience to be able to “see where the work is and, from there, align all their capacities, functions and competences to our field of work”.
Gloria Lomana, the President of 50&50 GL, encouraged the participants to keep fighting to achieve “professional and personal joint responsibility”, because otherwise, there will be “more precarious jobs and less professional promotion" for women. Moreover, she highlighted the advantage that women have in terms of managing their emotions. “They always used to say that emotions were women’s weakness and now we see them as their great strength: empathy, the way they communicate and their approachability are an opportunity. Soft skills are essential in a company”, emphasized Lomana.
The Vice-President of the CEAJE (Spanish Confederation of Associations of Young Businesspeople), Antonio Magraner, , explained that we have a structural problem in relation to the labour market. “Even when the market is booming, we do not have positive figures”, he added. However, Magraner emphasized that self-employment is “a real alternative” and underlined the importance of “public-private alliances”.
Along the same lines, Federico Buyolo García, the Assistant Director of the Cabinet of the Ministry of Education and Professional Training, advocated “competence-based education” and “leading to be able to make an impact”. “We are completely hybrid: different fundamental sectors, fields, talents, creativity and leadership. We have to build a society of values and believe in it”, he added.
Angel Sáenz de Cenzano, the Country Manager at LinkedIn for Spain and Portugal, the referred to the current situation arising from the Covid- 19 pandemic, which has triggered a decline “in the old concept of officed based, in-person work that had a big impact in terms of the lack of joint responsibility”. Sáenz de Cenzano explained that 40% of companies will be external by 2024. “The cycles are shorter, there are more changes and more opportunities are generated, albeit with greater risk, so the context of professional reinvention is really important”, he emphasized.
Last but not least, Manuel Pimentel, the Of Counsel at Baker Mckenzie, , also highlighted that reinvention must be “constant” in order for you to adapt to demand. “It is much harder when you reach a certain age. The cycle gets shorter and it can be scary”, he said.