What are “soft skills”?


“Soft Skills” is a termthat all of us hear every day.

But what does it means?

What are the differences with the “Hard Skills”?

Why are they important?

In this article we are going to understand the meaning of those terms.

First of all, we need to define the notion of Hard Skills: The Hard skills are the ability that we learn through education, training programs, certifications etc. They concern skills that generally are easily quantifiable and measurable.

For example, an hard skill for a software engineer might be computer programming.

The Hard Skills are the first factors that your potential boss notes during an interview. Even so, they are not the only ones: there are others elements that your boss will analyze, that could be more important than all your education and all your certifications, the soft skills.

Soft Skills are the personal attributes, personality traits, communication abilities. Such abilities are necessary to obtain the job and especially to maintain it!

For your principal, is it better an employee over-prepared but that practically
isn’t capable to carry out his job, or an employee less prepared but full of soft skills, smart, understanding, charismatic?

Obviously, these abilities are much harder to measure and evaluate, but above all… to gain.

They also include: attitude, creative thinking, teamwork, networking, decision making etc.

All skills that nobody learns at school, that do not depend on education, but that are at the same time key issues in order to be competitive in the labour market.

Do you have soft skills?

Have a look in our online platform, in section “ complete your profile “ you will find a full list of abilities that could describe yourself.

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Talented Europe applications and databases comply with the new GDPR


The new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on May 25, 2018. Now, all Talented Europe services are in full compliance with GDPR.

We want to keep stakeholders informed and prepared so they can focus on what matters: linking young talent to employers across Europe. Not only is GDPR an important step in protecting the fundamental right to privacy for European citizens, it also raises the bar for data protection, security, and compliance in the industry.

In order to update the settings of GDPR we have created a new section on our website. There it can be found a button from where it can be downloaded personal information and even enable the notifications by email.

In addition, we have updated our Privacy Policy to comply with the new requirements of GDPR.

We’re proud to provide the highest level of privacy for our stakeholders and hope they’ll find that these updates improve their overall Talented Europe experience.

“European Talented Initiatives – challenges and opportunities”


30710264_1745623945496834_826667525285609472_nOn 11th April, EPA – European Projects Association asbl organized its most exciting event in the first half of 2018 “European Talented Initiatives – challenges and opportunities”.

In collaboration with ALDE, the event has been organized at the European Parliament by EPA’s Secretary General Frederic Fabre, and facilitated by Out Of The Box International CEO Marko Paunović, within the framework of Erasmus+ co-funded project ‘Talented Europe’.

“European Talented Initiatives – challenges and opportunities” event has been dedicated to discussing how the regional perspective could influence success of young talented people in Europe, and how regional development funds along with other EU funding mechanisms could approach this issue, during which, our speakers Ivan JAKOVCIC, Sergio DELGADO QUINTERO, Marko PAUNOVIC, Louis DELCART, Marcin PODGORSKI, Diana FILIP, and Peter BAUR shared their project findings.

Moreover, to engage both panellists and participants into discussion, the event has been used to introduce findings of the project ‘’Talented Europe’’, during which Marko Paunović presented three winners of the “Out Of The Box” awards to honor innovative ideas promoting the European dream. All recommendations discussed and given throughout the event are now currently being incorporated into a report “New ways to support Talent around Europe’’, with the purpose of providing fresh ideas on how political actors could address youth issues in the light of European Parliamentary elections in 2019.

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Fifth transnational meeting in Brussels


The 10th and the 12th April 2018 took place in Brussels the fifth Transnational meeting of Talented Europe.

The said meeting was hosted by the European Projects Association in its headquarters. All the other partners were attending: CIFP Cesar Manrique-Alumnos, IES Puerto de la Cruz, Technical University of Košice  and the Out of the Box International.

During this meeting, the partners have been debating on the project’s evolution, the Dissemination plan, the recruitment analyses, the Social Networks strategies and other key points of the above project like the budget. This has enabled them to review and re-adapt their strategies in order to ensure the maximum performance of Talented Europe.29983505_1743856342320343_1355363563395673869_o

European Talented Initiatives in a regional perspective – challenges and opportunities. Panel in Bruxelles


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On the 11 April, EPA – European Projects Association will host the panel “European Talented Initiatives in a regional perspective – challenges and opportunities”.

The event, held in the European Parliament, is dedicated to discuss how the regional perspective could influence the success of talented people with innovative ideas in the European context.

After the introduction notes, by MEP Ivan JAKOVCIC of ALDE Croatia, Sergio DELGADO QUINTERO head of studies of IES Puerto de la Cruz and Frederic FABRE Secretary general of European Projects Association Asbl will present the findings of the the project Talented Europe.

Then there will be a discussion about how Funding young talents at a regional level can be a tool to broaden their employment possibilities”, with the participation of Louis DELCART, head of department of Regional Development of the European Academy of the Regions, Marcin PODGORSKI Director at Regional Office of Lodzkie in Brussels, and Representatives of the European Commission.  

The recommendations discussed during the event will be incorporated into a report “New ways to support Talent around Europe” providing a fresh idea on how political actors could address this their daily work especially in the light of European Parliamentary elections in 2019.

Awards…

The event will also be the occasion to present the 3 winners ofthe “Out Of The Box” awards, aimed to reward innovative ideas promoting the European dream.

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Talented Europe Analysis document is available


Talented Europe project publishes, under a free distribution license, the main document of analysis of the project and multiplatform applications. This document describes and develops the different phases of analysis and design, starting from a market study and going through the different stages of design, development and testing of the applications. It is an indispensable tool both for the development of the project, already in its final phase, and for future sustainability and maintenance. Its main sections are: System Definitions, Requirements Specifications, Data Model Specifications and Testing plan. It is available online at the URL https://bit.ly/2NqlcRa.

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Talented Europe, Brussels Carrier Day Participation



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Great public success for the Career Day in Brussels attended by Talented Europe!

Crowded stands of students, undergraduates, and graduates for the Career Day. An event attended by:

1)      Companies, with internships and full-time positions in various sectors, including marketing and sales, e-commerce, consumer goods, food & beverage, banks and financial institutions, insurance, tax advice, no profit.

2)      Universities delegations, for who was interested in continuing the course of studies to Masters Degree and/or Ph.D.’s

3)      International and Local students

The Career Day of Brussels is the most important meeting point between the Universities and the world of work. Two days of intensive orientation, debates, workshops, and discussions with private companies and European Institutions delegates thanks to which graduate and undergraduate students of the University can focus on the best paths to define and achieve their professional goals. As well Universities delegations, for who was interested in continuing the study paths to Masters Degree and PhD’s. Some of the most popular and highly valued Universities from all over Europe available for one-to-one meetings. It was thanks to these meetings that Talented Europe Team presented the idea of the platform and created new partnerships with some of the most important Universities in Europe.

Participants, in addition of being involved in the exhibition space, took part in different seminars. The students were also able to participate in various “training” activities. We hold one of the seminars and informed the students about the Talented Europe online platform and the advantages of using it. Talented Europe team presented the Universities network part of our platform and the companies involved. More than 50 leading companies register from all over Europe, that are willing to hire young motivated talented students.

Foster the awareness of students (graduates and undergraduates) about their skills and competencies; to understand in which areas they can be applied and, above all, to transform them into transversal, technical/professional skills and help them find their real talent. After the presentation, we replied to the different questions from by the students, who were enthusiast about the opportunities presented. Specific dissemination material was distributed to the Universities, Companies, and students.

At the end of these 2 days activities, we are happy about the enthusiasm transmitted to the students and for the extension of our Universities network!

Informative meetings for IES Puerto de la Cruz teachers and students


IES Puerto de la Cruz – Telesforo Bravo, one of the partner institutions of the Talented Europe project, held during the first months of 2018 a series of informative meetings with professors and vocational training students of intermediate and higher education. The purpose of these meetings, within the project’s local dissemination plan, is to inform about the registration and use of multiplatform applications developed as intellectual outputs of the project. Interested teachers will be part of the group of referees. Students in their last year or recent graduates can be integrated into the database in order to be endorsed by their teachers as “Talented Students” and be visible by European companies in search of concrete professional and personal profiles.

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Teachers of University of Prešov (Prešov, Slovakia) participated in a very inspirational Multiplier event organised by TUKE


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Teachers of University of Prešov (Prešov, Slovakia) participated in a very inspirational Multiplier event organised by TUKE (the Slovak partner of Talented Europe) in October 2017 in Košice, Slovakia. They appreciated and promoted the venue in the Prešov University magazine Na pulze.

The topics of event workshops – job interview, time management, personal integrity and talent – are rather hot today with young generation, especially those launching their careers. Young people must understand the importance of displaying their talents, skills and qualities in the shop-window of a job market. Therefore the participants find the core of the project (= to emphasize, verify and spread one´s talent) a very interesting and prospective idea for university students as well as universities themselves. The role of educational institution is irreplaceable in this strategy for they are to guarantee quality of their students and this way the universities can also promote themselves.

The project output – Talented Europe webplatform and application, which the event participants could get familiar with under competent guidance of the Spanish authors, may be a very helpful tool for students to promote their talents/skills. On the other hand, this could be an attractive and easy way for employers to find a quality employee or intern. The Prešov University welcomes the opportunities the platform offers and is open for cooperation in the future.

Talented Europe in ManriKe FM radio


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Talented Europe is one of the projects in which the CIFP César Manrique participates, it consists in connecting European students and entrepreneurs.

In this interview, Héctor Barrios, one of the coordinators of the project, explains perfectly what the program consists in, its benefits, the advantages it offers in terms of students mobility throughout Europe and the search for the best jobs and employees within the continent.

In the hands of Ruth Meyer, listen to what this project consists in and get involved in this European adventure.

The complete interview and the explanatory slips sound already in the daily programming of ManriKeFM, the educational radio of the CIFP César Manrique.