The world of work is changing fast, bringing challenges and opportunities. More than 70 million young people around the world are unemployed, with peaks of more than 50% in European countries, such as Greece and also signs of rising joblessness in some parts of Asia. Yet shortages of talent – notably the hard skills needed to meet new and growing business needs – are becoming ever more acute. Demand for candidates with digital skills and strengths in science and engineering are on the up. Yet soft skills like creativity and an ability to think out of the box, social competence, team spirit and leadership remain crucial too, especially as automation and increasingly sophisticated robots put routine jobs in jeopardy.
Work experience is essential to develop such skills and build professional profiles meeting the needs of the labour market and challenges of a global economy. Ever more, students must combine formal education with work experience, whether through vacation jobs, internships or apprenticeships.
The Adecco Way to Work and ‘CEO for One Month’ programmes address these needs. This year, a record 54,637 ambitious youngsters from 50 countries applied to become ‘CEOs for One Month’. Online vetting was followed by a specific recruitment and interview process, before selection by candidates’ respective Adecco Country Managers.
The 50 chosen will now spend a month on the job with their Country Managers and local leadership teams. Their intense programme will include learning about the HR solutions and staffing business, grasping broader management, finance and marketing principles, being exposed to clients, and having opportunities for public speaking – a unique experience that will boost skills, confidence and employability.
The top 10 ‘CEOs for One Month’ will proceed to a further stage – the Boot Camp – after which one alone will be recruited as Adecco Group ‘CEO for One Month’. Alain Dehaze will personally mentor the candidate, sharing his knowledge and experience in running a Fortune 500 company with 32,000 employees around the world.
Alain Dehaze, Adecco Group CEO, said: “I’m delighted to welcome this year’s ‘CEOs for One Month’ to the Adecco Group team. I’m confident the chance to work alongside my colleagues around the world will provide an unbeatable opportunity to boost their skills and confidence and guide them on the way to work. And, as the project grows, it has been proving successful in developing the talent pool of the Adecco Group and of our customers”.
The New Zealand CEO for One Month is Anna Zam, currently studying for a conjoint degree in Law and Arts at the University of Auckland. She has a studded past, starting in 2007 when she won Dux at Waitakere Primary and Intermediate school and includes achievements such as winning the Board of Trustees All Round Excellence award in 2010, entry into the University of Auckland’s Young Scholar programme in 2012 and, most recently, the Grace Kay Award for academic merit in Bachelor of Arts.
To get to know this year’s 50 CEOs for One Month from all over the world and follow their journey www.adeccowaytowork.com.