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.


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


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.


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.

#TalentedEurope #OutOfTheBox #EPA #otbawards #Erasmus+

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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Talented Europe in ManriKe FM radio


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.

Talented Europe presentation at La Laguna University

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Last Thursday, 14th December, within the Info Week organized by the Vice President Office for Internationalization of La Laguna University, different informative lectures were given to students on mobility and Erasmus for the coming 2018/19 academic year. Regarding these talks, the presentation of the Talented Europe project (platform for young- people employment), took place in the Assembly Hall of the Faculty of Journalism. This presentation was made by one of the project coordinators, Héctor Barrios, Computer Department professor in CIFP César Manrique.

Talented Europe has as main objectives to facilitate and promote the incorporation into the labour market of talented young Europeans and offer companies the opportunity to integrate these young people into their projects and business plans. Hector explained how it works and the possibility of registering them in both web support and apps, which are already available for mobile devices. Talented Europe will allow them to contact talented students from educational institutions across Europe with companies and employers.

This project was born in 2015 and was presented as an Erasmus + KA203 project (Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education) together with several European partners. It is coordinated by professors from CIFP César Manrique Information Technology( IT) Department,  in collaboration with the teaching staff from Telesforo Bravo and Puerto de la Cruz high schools. It was selected in its announcement by the SEPIE (Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education) and is the only approved project coordinated by a vocational training center in Spain.

Talented Europe Referees Auto-Registration

Do you know recent graduates who are looking for a job and are interested in being part of Talented Europe platform?  Do you want to be their referee?

Talented Europe offers a showcase with a ranking of the best students in Europe. A simple idea which joins employers and students. The meeting point of excellence.

In Talented Europe web platform, a referee is an academic figure in charge of assessing whether or not a certain student, who is registered on the Talented Europe platform, is talented.

As referee you can see the student’s whole profile and you could to check his/her personal skills, professional skills, studies, etc.

After checking the information, you would have the option to mark the student as Refereed or Not Refereed, or in other words as talented or not talented.

At this moment you can promote the employability of young Europeans, being part of the referees group of Talented Europe application. You only have to use the new functionality which will allow you  to register automatically into the platform.

Now the process of being a referee is really simple.


Fifth Transnational meeting in Kosice

The fifth Transnational meeting of Talented Europe project team took place on 10th and 11th November 2017 in Kosice, Slovakia. It was hosted by one of the project partners, the Technical University of Kosice in the building of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Department of Languages.

Working during the Transnational meeting in Kosice, Slovakia.

The project team welcomed the new project member Out of the Box International from Belgium, and its representative, Mr Marko Paunovic. All the other partners were attending, too: Technical University of Kosice (the hosts),CIFP Cesar Manrique, IES Puerto de la Cruz, and EPA European Projects Association.

Points during TM

During this meeting, the partners discussed the following points on Tuesday and Wednesday:

  • Report on visit of control from the Spanish National Agency (SEPIE),
  • Mobile platform/application development and updates,
  • Financial issues and budget,
  • Dissemination and recruitment in the final third of the project,
  • Pending tasks,
  • Timeline reviews,
  • Multiplier Event planned for Thursday 12 November.
Project team members, from left to right Sergio Delgado Quintero, Marko Paunovic, Frederic Fabre, Héctor Barrios Barrera, Eduardo del Reguero Rodríguez, Martina Pluchtova, Katarina Planetova, Sona Polakovicova, Carlos Manescau López

These discussions proved to be very useful for the further development of the project and reaching the project targets. Exchanging various ideas helped to cover all the areas of the project to ensure nothing has been left out. The project partners also appreciated the contribution of Out of the Box International as a new member to the team. Overall, these two Transnational meeting days went smoothly in a very friendly, co-operative and pleasant atmosphere and once again manifested the significance and irreplaceability of interpersonal meetings.