University Szczecin welcomed all the Generation Data projects partners to Szczecin, Poland for the initial two-day meeting of the project. It was a highly productive meeting around a topic of very significant importance, not just in Poland but across Europe. Doctor Joanna Markiewicz from University Szczecin was the Chair for the meeting ensuring everyone stayed awake and the meeting progressed as per the Agenda.
Doctor Markiewicz went on to explain that If the economy is to flourish, our future entrepreneurs must develop data skills or risk being uncompetitive. But there is an obstacle: today’s entrepreneurship teachers and lecturers also face a data skills deficit. The majority entered the workforce before big data existed and there is currently no reliable source of training to help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to teach smart data to today’s generation of students and future entrepreneurs.
She highlighted that to remedy this situation, Generation Data aims to improve the ability of HEI education providers to understand and teach smart data skills, thus providing Students, early stage entrepreneurs and businesses with more relevant, effective training.
The project will respond to these needs by pursuing the following objectives:
- carry out a survey of current smart data skills in education as part of our toolkit
- create a smart data skills teaching model, comprising OERs including a curriculum, teachers guide, lesson plans & suggested content and learning exercises
- train the1st generation of Generation Data Teachers and Lecturers (learning activity) and widely disseminate the OERs to encourage rapid integration of the teaching course into current entrepreneurship and business support provision
- develop an online Generation Data course to maximise access to the new training and reinforce classroom delivery
Data skills are the most in demand skills by Polish employers!
Polish employers are unhappy with the lack of skills exhibited by some Polish employees. What does it take to become successful in Polish companies nowadays? A report by Gumtree and Warsaw University reveals what managers and business owners in Poland look for in their workers.
The 2017 report Aktywni+ (Eng. Active+) indicated a few key competences that are especially sought after in Polish enterprises at the moment and in the near future. They are not necessarily Polish people’s fortes, so if you feel that you possess these skills, give your Polish career a shot.
- Data management skills: analysis, credibility assessment, researching and logical thinking
While Polish companies provide their employees with the smartest new tools that enable accessing information in no time, all this data still needs to be processed and analysed. Younger Polish generations are more likely to have such skills, but a lot of current employees do not know how to deal with big chunks of data properly. This is where foreign employees, who have mastered this, are more than useful.
- Technology literacy
In the age of robotics, automation and Artificial Intelligence, cooperation with these new elements of business is necessary. Not all Polish companies have included such advanced techniques in their activities, so if you have experience with that, you are ahead of many Polish candidates. Good thing if you are also good at thinking out of box, strategy making and finding exceptions to the rules, whenever technology happens to be flawed.
- Social intelligence
Having the capacity to navigate interpersonal relationships is a huge advantage in any workplace. Positions in Poland, similarly to the rest of the world, evolve in the direction of project and team work. Poles, who are quite individual, are still adapting to this change, but if you have already acquired necessary skills and find it easy to cooperate with as well as manage other people, you have a big plus!
It is indeed a popular word, but it really is something Polish people may lack. Due to our rocky history and national character, we tend to favour stability over change. In the world where no job is constant, people share workload and experiment with being employed in more positions at once, you can forget about old-fashioned security. Polish labour market is opening up to these changes, too, so all those in favour are kindly invited to join this revolution.
Still thinking you may be just who we are looking for? The report, similarly to the American labour market research conducted by Glassdoor in 2017, points to three jobs that are true professions of tomorrow: Data Scientist, DevOp Engineer and Data Engineer. Combined with the skills mentioned above, it constitutes the recipe for a perfect employee and a true leader of the future.