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Youth Unemployment: Should We Detect Talents and Develop Career Paths Earlier?

Ivana Cancar and Darka Podmenik
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Ivana Cancar: Institute for Developmental and Strategic Analysis, Slovenia
Darka Podmenik: Institute for Developmental and Strategic Analysis, Slovenia

from International School for Social and Business Studies, Celje, Slovenia

Abstract: The young are a social group most likely to be included in insecure forms of employment. Employers give special emphasis to the presented talents of young job seekers. Each individual’s offering, his or her personal characteristics and competences are important for every organisation. In this paper we focus on the possibility of early identification of talent. We assume that one of the reasons for the increase in self-employment, retraining, delayed completion of studies and education of young job seekers may lie in them returning to fields where they have always been successful, to their primary aspirations, hobbies and so-called early talents. Does the school system operate in accordance with its objective, namely to prepare young adults for the future? The question of how to begin the process of discovering single talent and where possibilities to develop early career paths lie, remains open. Namely, we assume that early talent identification is an important social factor and this aspect should be taken into account by the (primary) school system. We reflect on potential solutions to finding options for creating a (primary) school system in light of the early development of “soft skills” that are becoming increasingly relevant in the process of youth employment.

Keywords: youth unemployment; talents; career; early career paths (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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