Refitting the terrene – GLOBAL WORKFORCE 2020

The sculptor produces an admirable statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed-He defines it as the process of elimination. Perhaps, in our context, the sculptor may be an emerging leader, an entrepreneur or part of the global workforce.

It is the business of the future to be dangerous” said philosopher Alfred North Whitehead more than eight decades ago. In times of ceaseless change, organizations that do not adapt the status quo are in danger of irrelevancy — or worse, extinction.

Change is put on after burns, with uniformity and complexity completing the trio of success in 2020. The epoch of 2020 is impending rapidly, with a myriad of divergent future promises, particularly the way the global workforce is sourced.

We are witnessing the biggest economic, social and demographic shifts in history. Aging populations will result in fewer workers, innovators, and consumers while the emerging markets in hyper growth areas will reinvent how business has been done and revolutionize the workforce of the future.




We are now immersed in the fourth phase of globalisation that is likely to be wrapped-around technologies, biometrics, with built-in geopositioning. Fledglings of 2020 would be seen handling miniaturized video cameras connected to wireless networks and our houses equipped with organic LED displays that can be folded like origami. It would be workaday to see employees wearing their communications tomorrow. A successful example of this is Uber that has gained momentum using Smartphone technology. As digital information mounts at unprecedented speed, there will be demand for workers who can handle large amounts of data. Most likely, the upcoming decade will see booming social media, networking and mostly things would be based on artificial intelligence with the prospering of areas like virtual reality and development of smart workplaces. Work environments that become direct extensions of the human senses, including gesture-based interfaces.Cybercrime will be a keyshaper of how the Internet is being governed and how companies engage in the workspace.




Globalisation is no longer simply a matter of establishing dependent field offices, recruiting some employees and partners locally, and making a few superficial product alterations to meet national regulations. Today’s global markets are culturally mixed and sophisticated, requiring organizations to recruit a workforce diverse enough to deal with the subtleties of doing business where multinational companies have traditionally not had a significant presence. New business models moving towards a smaller core is to be witnessed in the upcoming decade.

Futurists predict that by 2020 the appreciation of human capital, in the sense of both building employee value and attaching greater value to each employee will become not just an organizational aspiration, but also an economic necessity. With the growing trends in gender diversity in the workplace, the new workforce will overturn many traditional attitudes about workers, working, and the workplace.

This can be achieved by proper talent sourcing and social recruiting by using social and cloud technologies to uncover hidden sources of top talent, LinkedIn and GitHUb being the path followers. That is the 2020 workplace needs to be a place where the employee wants to come and work. Enterprise social tools for employee engagement should be adopted. Additionally, collaboration tools like Google apps are changing the way people work by shifting the idea from individual contribution to collective effort. In all, it is more about enabling the right connections, like those to information, work, and time. Workplace 2020 should be fun, walking by me 24X7, because now is the time to reimagine what’s possible.    




Talent mobility is in the grip of a major change with a 50% predicted growth in mobile employees by 2020. The growing importance of emerging markets has created a significant shift in mobility patterns. Skilled employees from emerging markets are increasingly in demand at home and abroad.

Domestic multinationals are increasingly attractive to local talent. International assignments are mostly driven by large multinationals based in the US and Europe. The flow of talent is still predominantly from West to East, or intracontinental, but companies begin to tap into rich talent pools in emerging markets, particularly India and China. Global mobility continues to grow in volume. In the next ten years, the companies are likely to deploy talent from around the globe. Building the 2020 workforce requires companies to focus on the many changes, opportunities, and risks at hand.

Job requirements and skills profiles are rapidly changing.

Growing computing power and large amounts of data are increasingly making it possible to understand and anticipate changes in labour markets in near-real time, and to re-shape education and training policies in a timelier manner to help narrow the widening skills gap of the youth. Increased collaboration between stakeholders such as online talent platforms like LinkedIn, human resources consulting firms, employers, policymakers, labour unions and education providers, has the potential to substantially improve the speed and precision of future workforce planning and managing organizational change.

At the national level, countries experience varying inflows and outflows of talent over time. It’s hardly surprising, then, that talent management is right at the top of agendas of ceos like Indra Nooyi who plan to devote more attention to developing the talent pipeline and an insight of hiring more women leaders, just around the corner. Thus, things are changing as per the latest requirements and will change in a manner so as to benefit both the employee so that he gets job satisfaction as well as the recruiting firm which is also satisfied with  the fact of recruiting well equipped employees.




Thus, I would wrap by, the 2020 workforce comprising of the youth, being the light at the end of the tunnel, to be increasingly flexible, as alternatives to the traditional relationships between employer and employee grow in popularity with a wider group of ages and nationalities than ever before, so companies will need to have a broader understanding of their people and the markets in which they operate. 

Perhaps, a 2020 workforce employee is expected to be an ideal combination of deep subject expertise along with 21st century skills like critical thinking, creativity and foresight. They are expected to be well prepared for the challenging augmented human characteristics. Information technology is likely to create new forms of intelligence that will migrate into the infrastructure.Thus; the job givers as well as the job takers will be subjected to many more challenges and how they fight back those challenges will give a vision to the workforce and in turn the upcoming economies.


Written by: Gaurav Jeena


How to make your young employees stay?

Recent graduates nowadays find it hard to stick to a workplace they are currently at. It is not the workplace itself that actually bothers them; it is the treatment they receive from their employers. The answers to why the youth want to stay at a particular workplace thus can be varied. Some of the most common reasons can be grouped into the following 3 points.


  1.           Positivity and encouragement

Recognition of employers towards their employees’ jobs is crucial for the development of those working at a company or organization. If all that the employees hear at work are sarcastic remarks and constant nagging, they will be tired of their job, and might even start hating their experience at their current workplace. As time goes by, it becomes emotionally draining for them to stay at a job, only to earn money. Normally, people whose work is acknowledged may be as much as 47% more productive than those whose work is ignored. Having positive things being said to employees can thus motivate them to give their best shots at their job positions, and this creates a livelier atmosphere for both parties.


  1.           Fulfillment

Employees also seek for purpose when they look for work. If a prospective job is sure to give them money, it is an amazing opportunity; but if employees are able to see behind the frame, and find something even bigger, they might be even more attracted to this particular job offer. The state of being fulfilled has a lot to do with completion and realization.  An employee who feels fulfilled for instance can encourage others to work more effectively at the workplace. For instance, PWC for their 19th Annual Global CEO Survey found out that youngsters seek “a sense of connection and purpose” in their careers. As profitability increases, there will be fewer turnovers because each of the employees feels accomplished, and at ease, with the work they are doing.


  1.        Proper communication

As employers are at the top of the ladder of their company or organization, they obviously know a lot about the inside-outs of their workplace. Often, employees are left behind and are not spoken to about what is going on at their job. To feel empowered, employees want to know exactly what is expected of them, and what the clear goals of the organization are. This leads employees to work more efficiently and to achieve more in their career. As such, confusion is dissipated and there is higher employee engagement. Being considered as an entity of the company can actually create a better work experience for employees, than if they were to only follow the rules, and not knowing their end goals.


These just prove that money is not the sole reason for somebody staying at a job. Rather, the focus has to be given to the employers and the managers working at those particular places, to keep their employees satisfied and happy, instead of leaving and seeking employment somewhere else.

- Written by Aamirah Mohangee

Knock. Knock.

How do you relate to your neighbors in your culture? Is it normal to invite them to each other’s house for a cup of tea and a chat? Do you limit your interaction to a polite hello and a smile? Or do you perhaps wait in your apartment when you hear them in the corridor, just so that you wouldn’t have to talk to them?


Like many things that are part of your daily life that you’re used to, you can start taking your neighbors for granted. Like people, countries have neighbors. And like people, a country can have a troubling relationship with their neighbors. We humans can sometimes be quite territorial and when we think that someone is trespassing on what we consider ours. People can keep on fighting for decades, and countries can keep on fighting for centuries.



If you run out of eggs while baking, can you knock on your neighbor’s door and ask to borrow some? Or if you hear a knock on the door, is your first thought going to be about whether you remembered to lock the door properly?


But it takes to two to tango. Who of us wouldn’t like to live in a neighborhood where you know that you can trust the people around you for help. Trust is so easy to be lost yet it can be earned by fostering kindness – you have to give a reason for trust.


How well do you know your neighbors on the other side of the border? Do you help each other out or do you turn your back, do you take them for granted? Maybe it might be a good idea to go knock on that door and ask if there’s something you could do for them, something they needed help with. A world citizen would consider the world as their neighborhood. Which door will you be knocking on next? Knock Knock.

The Digital: An oblivion or awakening?

Blogpost Writer: Laura Sabrina Al Bast 

Have you noticed how social media explodes with hashtags uniting people together in times of crisis? #YesAllWomen and #BlackLivesMatter are one example. Unity and solidarity on a digital platform has become a new norm for seeking justice.

In George Friedman’s book on geopolitics, The next 100 years, he mentions how the past, civilisations were oblivious to each other, it was almost impossible for people from across the globe to connect. It wasn’t until the 15th century onward with Europe becoming the centre of the world building colonies, spreading imperialism and inducing trade that humanity stopped living a self-enclosed life.

icon-digital-mediaIndia, having been a British colony itself, suffered terrible famine in both 1770 and 1873. Yet reporting on famine was forbidden at the time as any information on food supply could have been of aid to the enemy at the time. It wasn’t until an English journalist, Ian Stephens, reported on the famine through English newspapers as opposed to the restrictions he and his colleagues found in local Indian newspapers that the world  had become aware of the famine and in turn sent aid, though extremely late. Following that example as many, scholars came to various conclusions about the media:

  • The media has a role in preventing disasters such as famine
  • The media serves as an early warning system
  • The media, as a watchdog, can pressure governments to act

And so based on the Famine of Bengal in 1943, two economists discovered that governmental action was faster and stronger in areas where there were more newspapers in comparison to areas with fewer newspapers.


17 years into the 21st century, we have a different kind of media; digital. Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of think-tank ‘New America’ says that the essential fault line of the digital age is between open and closed. In elaboration, it’s the idea of openness that includes transparency of information, access to information, and constant connection. In particular, it is received through networks of social media; Facebook, instagram, youtube or twitter. Because of that, news today travels in a blink of an eye in comparison to decades ago when news often never left the country in which they occurred.

Last week, Famine was declared in South Sudan. The story was picked up by various news agencies across the world with the World Food Program and UNICEF almost instantly planning ahead to provide food, nutrition and treat children with severe malnutrition. And though there might be a long way ahead for the problem to be resolved, yet the digital media did its deed.

In AIESEC, we aim to develop world citizens of the young leaders in our network; interested in world issues and seeking to always be informed. In an era where we are criticised for spending so much time using technology and sharing stories on social media, maybe we should consider the benefit of the ongoing digital storm; Access, transparency, and connection.


World NGO Day: Celebrating Civic Engagement

Blogpost Writer: Laura Sabrina Al Bast

Who hasn’t seen all the social media posts endorsing the power of youth engaging in travel, volunteerism, innovation, or entrepreneurship. It’s everywhere; conferences popping up with speakers high in the tech or media industries, competitions on sustainable innovations and startups, or even grants or fellowships for young entrepreneurs. It all sounds amazing, and unfortunately exclusive to a portion of youth who’ve already broken the barriers of their comfort zone.

It must be admit, not everyone has a great idea to save the environment, report a story on a political occurrence, or even merely speak on stage in front of hundreds. But does that mean that not all youth are worth development? The truth is, youth engagement is necessary and almost obligatory to have a better future, but not all youth are presented with opportunities that often develop their hard and soft skills that eventually gives them leverage to speak up and act. It’s not that youth are uninterested, it’s that the platform presented in certain countries may not be presented in others.


That’s where the role of the non-governmental sector in youth civic engagement becomes needed; NGOs have no specific qualification or academic standard that a young individual needs to achieve for them to be part of civil society. The NGO sector plays a crucial and central role in supporting young people in exploring their roles as political actors for example, as it lays as the connection between the state and the civil society. Whether we like it or not, our lives are connected to the policies administered by the nation-state in which we reside, and so working towards a vision of peace, eradication of violence, education, or empowerment does not mean you’re working for college-credit or volunteering hours, it means you’re exploiting your citizenship. It no longer requires a degree or high-standard qualifications to be part of the non-governmental sector, it just requires a will and continuous civic engagement.


Research found that  “it is the lack of civic participation that leads to a community’s demise.”, what NGOs attempt to do when it comes to youth development and engagement is create a network through schools, universities, and communities to form a bond of  motivated and engaged individuals when it comes to issues that involve the betterment, development, or fostering of certain issues in respective countries.

AIESEC is proud to celebrate World NGO Day as an International Youth-run organization concerned with developing young people’s leadership potential by providing them with a platform to explore cultural civic engagement and community development opportunities with NGOs and institutions in over 120 countries around the world.

Looking for a job…or a future?

Blogpost Writer: Laura Sabrina Al Bast 

There are always going to be challenges; not the right job, indifference and lack of motivation, time. But there will always be opportunities, if we seek them properly and take enough risks to defy every single obstacle that has put the young under the epidemic of unemployment, social unrest and inequality.

The Economist described it best when it called this generation, jobless. It’s true, there are not enough jobs. Not the right kind of jobs at least. The life our parents lived had a set path, the life we live today has been moulded by technology and various waves of economic changes that having a stable career is not and won’t be an option.

Youth today are not looking for jobs, they are looking for a future. There’s a difference.


The Economic and Social Council Youth Forum ’17 was concluded yesterday – a platform that was provided for youth to engage in dialogue with member states and share ideas on innovation, collective action and solutions to global problems.

At this forum, a panel was held at the Digital Media Zone moderated by AIESEC Global’s president, Mr. Neils Caszco. The panel’s objective was to unravel the unique challenges of unemployment among young people and highlight the global efforts and innovations to create decent and sustainable jobs for youth.

One particular insight presented by speaker Mr. Christopher Eigeland, a UN Youth Delegate from Australia is that “it’s becoming increasingly clear that a university degree is no longer enough to often get you a job, or a job that you want.” Which is true, the world has evolved, and though great benefits it has brought forth but it has also pushed youth to exert more effort; seeking alternative education and learning mechanisms that would advance both their knowledge and grant them transferrable skills that the market looks for -skills are not taught in a classroom but sought after on-ground.


The real question isn’t why youth are left sinking in a sea of unemployed futures, but rather how can they swim back up for a breath of opportunity. Simple; open a blog, manage a social media page, seek dialogue with policy-makers in the government, hold immense dedication and perseverance, look for your passion and most importantly, volunteer.

 The future isn’t about how much money you earn and products you consume, but rather how much change you bring forth and experience that consumes you.

Once you work towards the development of yourself and a local community foreign to your own, you realize how the path you thought should be pre-set for you is rather one you set for yourself. In a day and age like this, what we as AIESEC do and why we do it becomes not just relevant, but necessary. Our organization envisions peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential through cross-cultural opportunities for an individual to develop key leadership skills; self-aware, solution oriented to problems that push your innovation to extremes, empowering and open to new experiences, and most importantly, a world citizen constantly interested in issues that could shape the future you seek. So yes, The Economist rightly described our generation as jobless. But what we realise today is that we may be a jobless generation, but we are not futureless.


Conversations, Leadership, and Youth

Blogpost Writer: Frans Astala

You know and I know, that the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too soon.” – James Baldwin

These are the words James Baldwin wrote in a letter to his nephew more than half a century ago, being later published as part of his book The Fire Next Time. He was at the time, of course, referring to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. In the light of recent events and the racial tensions that have grown worse in the United States, the words have an eerie feel to them. If you just changed the amount of years passed would the quote still hold true?

Today is Martin Luther King Day, a day celebrated in honor one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th century.  A Baptist minister by profession, King ultimately became one of the best known frontmen of the Civil Rights movement demanding equal rights to everyone during a time when racial segregation was still the norm.


However, the Civil Rights movement was more than only one man. How successful was it in achieving its goals? Recently the issues that gave birth to this movement have resurfaced in the public discourse, manifesting itself as a new public movement, Black Lives Matter.

In some ways you could look at the Black Lives Matter movement as a reincarnation of the Civil Rights movement. Both movements stand against the injustices of racism, both of them mobilize and unify, but also divide people. The bigger a movement grows, the more diverse it will become in thought, and the more opinions you have on what actions should be taken. Some say that today the issue has become politicised but most people agree that we should be able to talk about human rights without politics.

Even with all the ambiguity, one thing is for sure; the young generations want to see change and are ready to make it happen. The question is how to best channel all that will into something that will create impact. Everyone wants to voice their opinions but who is actually willing to sit down and listen? With the polarization we have today this is undoubtedly what the world needs.


As a youth movement that wants to create a positive impact in the world, AIESEC is always looking for ways to address current issues through different initiatives. The YouthSpeak Forum, for example, is about providing a space for young people to discuss relevant issues in an inclusive way, bringing together many stakeholders, ranging from students to businesses, and trying to find solutions to challenging problems as one.

Times seem not to be favouring working together, but in the end change can only be brought through unity. Even if it’s hard sometimes, maybe for the sake of having a constructive conversation it is good to try to see beyond what you think a person represents, and actually listen to what they have to say. We can never know what mr. King would’ve said about what’s happening today, but his words are still relevant.

“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.




2017: Here’s Four.

As the new year begins, so does a page unfold to a new chapter marking 365 pages of you and what you can do to make the best -and worst- out of this millennial age.


  1. Typically, travel.

Be it for a week, six, or 40. Do it.

The notion of traveling abroad brings forth numerous layers to be discovered. Ibn Battuta, a medieval Moroccan traveler and scholar, said that travel leaves you speechless, and then turns you into a storyteller.

As millennials of the 21st century, the world is slowly becoming ours as a whole, where the boundaries and limitations of citizenship no longer stops us from exploring what’s beyond our territorial comfort zone.

Embark on a journey that combines adventure with volunteerism that contributes to the UN’s 2030 agenda of sustainable development, you become what we call in AIESEC, a Global Volunteer.


  1. Read more

I know, I know, it’s a typical suggestion often appealing to a few of us especially with the rise of the digital age, where stories go viral or are rather more interesting if they were in video form.

Knowing that millennials live in an an age where they compete to innovate, develop and grow and thus seeking purpose and meaning behind their work, reading comes as their fuel.

So for 2017, read more.

Reading books that range from classic novels, fiction and non-fiction, to political and cultural essays and management magazines, you’ll give yourself a boost in the following categories: self-discovery and self-assessment, memory improvement, smarter decisions, and most importantly less stress.

My personal recommendation:

- The Next 100 Years by George Friedman,

- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket


  1. Participate: Your society, your government, your life.

One of the guiding principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is participation as a fundamental right. Today, movements to empower youth are bigger than ever, especially as the united nations is exerting major effort that includes the Not Too Young to Run campaign, launched by the office of UN Youth Envoy and the UNDP.

In AIESEC, we believe that we must engage young people and decision makers through cross-sector collaboration. Our youth movement is united for positive change. Through the YouthSpeak survey collecting over 160,000 responses, we are able to convert energy into action. We continuously invite youth to voice their opinion and have their voices heard, create an empowered society for positive impact, and  develop leadership through the development of their communities.

  1. Stay informed

Recent events ranging from the U.S. Elections, Brexit, attacks in Berlin and Istanbul, and the situation in Syria and Yemen amongst so many more atrocities our world faces today has brought forth an unfortunate phantom called ‘fake-news’.

As youth, driven change-makers, citizens of humanity, and most importantly the future of this earth, we have a responsibility to seek and challenge information to better understand the world that we will face every single day.

So choose your channel be it following social media feeds, downloading news apps that send you regular notifications, watching the news on TV or reading your daily local newspaper.

Journalist Rachel Shabi wrote [for Al-Jazeera] that propaganda is a part of war but that the media had been broken, unable to usefully analyze, report or inform.

Why is this important? My personal input is that, to develop leaders that are solution oriented and identify as world citizens, an important step is to stay informed. Because being interested in world issues and showing resilience in the face of challenges requires knowledge that is well-rounded and media that is well-consumed.


The Dangerous City

More than half the world’s population lives in cities. That’s a large number of people huddled between the shadow of skyscrapers, traffic lights, and a countless amount of everyday challenges.

Sustainable development goal #11 calls for sustainable cities and communities; the notion of making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. You see, the world population keeps growing, which leads to cities expanding, pollution rising, and a dire need for urban planning.

World Leaders have adopted the New Urban Agenda back in October at a United Nations Habitat III Conference in Ecuador. The agenda helps in the rethinking, planning, managing and living in urban cities today, pushing forward cities that are resilient and inclusive that serve as engines of prosperity and centres of cultural and social well-being.


On that note, a variety of global projects emerged to serve the targets of SDG #11 and the New Urban Agenda, and that is to respond to the norm that Crisis is the new normal for cities in the 21st century; be it natural, economic or social.

Yet In Caracas, Venezuela, deemed a dangerous city, and named the most violent city back in January, there’s a narrative taking place that might question the effectiveness and efficiency of building resilient cities in the face of inevitable challenges. According to a researcher at the International Development Research Centre, author Roberto Briceño-León, the city has witnessed a severe weakening of the rules that govern between people and groups, and an increase use of arbitrary power.

The world is not free from calamity; economic, social, environmental or political. Global initiative to include youth in decision-making and various steps taken forward towards a proper urban plan for safer, resilient, and inclusive communities is in place.

The real question is, how can the ink on all the planning papers, transform to tangible solutions? The road to 2030 will tell.

For a louder youth movement.

Speak up louder.

Make sure every single statesman and government representative has heard you. Make sure the sweat that has trickled on your forehead as you work long hours, the bags that formed under your eyes up late at night studying for your expensive degree, or the stress of searching and re-searching for innovative ways to tackle social issues in your community are worth it. Make sure that the time and effort spent arguing to have options for your own future count.

We are the largest youth generation in history, a generation powered by purpose. The power we have as one is indestructible because we are a generation that knows what they want, and how to achieve it. But there’s one small problem, easily projected in the youth voter-turnover in this year’s U.S. Presidential elections. Youth continue to hold the lowest percentage of voter-turnover in the United States, despite being the most educated generation in American history, and the most diverse demographic. We are a generation that isn’t moved by money but by a connection to what matters.

youthImageSome of the voters believe that might have found an alternative to the systematic structure of political rule in their nation, others followed a faith they had for a candidate or another. Regardless of the result, the revolutionary road towards freedom and peace might have just gotten bumpier, but the journey is not over. Because whether we like it or not, we can make a difference.

68% of over 160,000 young individuals (and counting), who filled the YouthSpeak Survey powered by AIESEC since last year, believe that the world is going to be better by 2030, with their biggest fear haunted by the lack of humanity, wars, corruption, global warming, and lack of resources.

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Despite a majority believing that influence is strongest when exercised by the government, 21% according to the YouthSpeak survey, believe that youth-led organizations have a dominant potential as well. You can’t just hope to will change, you must act to soar.

Imagine this, more than 1.8 billion young millennials are loud enough to break through the walls of bigotry and hatred. We bath in the shimmer of diversity, we are proactive and innovative to find solutions to support sustainable development, our eyes are drenched with the kohl of a resilient ambition for a better future. We understand what it’s like to feel stripped of choice because we don’t have enough experience, are not qualified, what do we know; equating our youth with naivety.  

Dr. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank said it best:

“…it is a pivotal moment in history which requires young women and men to be actively engaged in entrepreneurship, policy making and civil society movements.”

Youth will stop at nothing, and be stopped by nothing.

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We aim to reach 1 million YouthSpeak responses by the end of 2016. Speak up louder, because you can.

Fill the Youthspeak survey today: