Is networking more important than knowledge in Germany?

Manchmal es ist nicht unbedingt, was man weiß, sondern wen man kennt … dies gilt insbesonders für Jungunternehmer, vor allem im Internet- und Start-up-Bereich. Mehr zu lesen in dem Zeit-Artikel « Wo Deutschlands Gründerzentren sind ».

Trad: Sometimes it is not necessarily « what » you know but « who » you know… This applies in particular for young entrepreneurs, especially in the Internet and start-up areas. To read more see the article in the Zeit « Where are Germany’s business incubators. » in German.

Disable 2.0 caring services goes wrong….

Louis van Proosdij Duport is a 43 years old french entrepreneur , he manages a startup in new technologies and support business creation and entrepreneurship. He created 4 years ago the Open Coffee Club where new webentrepreneurs, blue angels, lawyers and webconsultants meet. He participated as an actor to many workshops and roundtables about numeric economy with Francois Fillon french prime minister and other political deciders. Louis was also promoted by Microsoft with a presentation in the Microsoft magazine

After an accident 27 years ago, Louis is quadriplegic, with very few use of arms and fingers.

His handicap takes daily 2 hours of his time, to prepare for the the day, and to prepare for bed. He can drive daily an adapted car and has large autonomy for social and working life.
He his supported for caring services by a special service in Paris and new procedures have been set up few days ago changing totally his life, so now he his not anymore able to work as usual.
Have a look on his personal blog (in french language) this lead to a needed reflexion about integrating disable people in social and working life.

E-jobs 2.0, The true revolution !

Internet jobs have spread from internet specialised companies to all organisations, even SMEs. It is now common that one or several staff members are working on internet jobs in companies across activities & sectors, especially in companies under 20 employees. This is a total revolution, albeit these jobs are often part-time jobs with many employers. Job offers are not published officially because too much applications are received by company managers, so recruitment is done through informal contacts and personal networks.
See an article published in the French language on Le Cercle Les Echos.

Roundtable on « Writing for the Web »

Writing for the Web is different than writing for any other support ! This Easter weekend, during Bordeaux Barcamp, a roundtable revealed some interesting findings, e.g.:

  • The web redactor has to start cooperating with the rest of the web team from the very beginning of the project to ensure coherency. 
  • Search engine optimisation (SEO) has to be implemented since the design phase.
  • Using short sentences, making many pages, if several subjects, is better than one large page.

Internet Jobs : Do not forget SMEs! – article in Les Echos

As most new internet jobs are available in SMEs, it is important to note that professional profiles are different in SMEs than in large organisations.

Working on the internet in an SME requires a more transversal approach and involves more communication and marketing skills. Of course, technical skills are important, but the final decision to hire a professional will mostly depend on his/her soft skills.
The PIN project (Leonardo da Vinci network) identifies technical and soft skills for key internet-related job profiles and will publish them on the e-Jobs Observatory.

Les Echos, one of the main French economic newspapers, recently published an article on some of the main findings of the project.

Roundtable meeting in Bilbao, Spain

GAIA and the Faculty of Engineering of Deusto University carried out a round table meeting in Bilbao, Spain, on March 30th, 2011. People from different sectors attended the meeting: Education, ICT, Energy, Consultants and Human Resources Managers.

The meeting had the valuable participation of one of the members of the expert group who prepared the report “New Skills for New Jobs: Action Now” for the European Commission, on February 2010, Professor Julia González, Vice-Rector for International Relations of Deusto Univerysity and General Coordinator of the Project Tuning Educational Structures in Europe.

Prof. González explained the importance of the policy initiative developed at EU level to build stronger bridges between the world of education and training and the world of work. After Prof. Gonzalez’s participation, Ligia Whyte, from GAIA presented the PIN Project, its background, and the e-Jobs-Observatory Platform.

Once the participants had a better picture of the current situation in Europe regarding education, training, e-skills, profiles and jobs, three round tables were integrated to discuss the topics.

Current situation:

From the point of view of the “Education Sector”, it is needed an investment in “competences” in a massive and intelligent way, there must be adequate incentives for individuals and employers. Employers: invest in their personnel; individuals: incentives for education and learning. It is important to make closer the worlds of education, training and employment, create the proper group of competences and establish educational programs based on profiles. It is important to anticipate necessities, and be open to talent, in this sense; it was also mentioned the value of talent from immigrants in Europe, which is most of the times underestimated in the labor market, it would be a great advantage for Europe to manage the talent flow in an adequate way instead of limiting it. Europe doesn´t have the enough and high level competences needed to guarantee the appropriate future that is looking for, and it is urgently to act immediately.

From the point of view of “companies”, the near future will demand the profiles related to “internet”, they consider what is not related to internet, “it doesn´t exist”. The profiles with a great demand will be the ones related to telecommunication and information services for other companies or individuals. The IT sector is moving fast towards the “cloud computing”.

This group considers that the future will be a mixture of two important issues: ICT and Health. The future will be the meeting point of all the different existing sectors involving/supported by ICT. For this group, it is everyday more important the development of skills and competences to fulfill the requirements of their job positions.

It was detected how important is for big companies the university degree for their job positions; meanwhile, SMEs are fine with qualification of people from VET institutions. What is agreed by both parties is that people have proper technical education, but there is a lack of soft skills, which should/must be improved.

Regarding the sectors, professions and jobs of the future, it was defined:

Ø Sectors: Energy, Health, Robotics and Information.

Ø Professions: The ones related to: Search Engine Optimization, Marketing specialized in Internet, Internet Security, e-Content Development, Copy/Internet Journalist, Social Community Manager

As mentioned previously, poor development of “soft skills” is one of the most important issues faced by companies. People should be more flexible, creative, able to adapt to constant changes and positive attitude.

It was also detected the growing necessity for companies that employees be able to work in multidisciplinary fields. As an example, it was mentioned how many times lawyers are not able to manage properly the basic ICT tools necessary for daily tasks. In the same way, how employees working in the field of e-content development don’t have the proper knowledge of law to avoid any legal inconvenience for the company.

Participants representing companies, considering the issue of “soft skills”, mentioned that a way of improving this situation, educational organizations should encourage their pupils to think in a global way, in order to be more flexible to changes, to adapt easier to them. Implementing team work, and also encourage them to get practices by their own, instead that schools find a place for their practices.


Ø Europe doesn´t have proper and enough competences to guarantee a proper future; it is clear the importance and need to work and define competences.

Ø The sectors that will have more demand in the future will be: Energy, Health, Robotics and Information.

Ø The ICT sector is moving to the Cloud Computing.

Ø The professions for the future are the ones related to: Search Engine Optimization, Marketing specialized in Internet, Internet Security, e-Content Development, Copy/Internet Journalist, and Social Community Manager.

Ø The labor market needs people with strong soft skills and able to work in multidisciplinary fields.

New internet job : Curator.

A new internet job appears and develops each day: the Curator !
The name Curator comes from the English designation for the museum specialist who cares for individual parts of a museum’s collections.

The Internet Curator’s role is to seek on the web information related to a specific domain, filter them, select them, organise and present them. The objective is to obtain information from the whole word, to qualify this information and to share it with other people. This activity is close to the internet watch brief, with an added objective to share and distribute the information for a team.

Since a few months Curator has become a trendy word on the internet, announcing for some a new revolution in web information management.

More and more information is available on the net, social networks, blogs, websites…. Sourcing the web (identification of pertinent sources) is not easy. The Curator offers guidance in this.

Till now, sorting information on the web has been done mainly by search engines through algorythms. But only the first pages of search results are read. With the appearance of Curators, data is not automatically assembled, but selected by humans who understand what they do and are able to qualify the information.

This activity is not totally new, Internet watch has been known from many years. Tools have now improved and have changed the job. According to Guillaume Decugis, founder of « one of the objectives of curation is the wish and the need to share and contribute to the web. More than a job it is a passion. The curators want to improve knowledge on a specific topic that is dear to their heart and facilitate access to content by others ».

Source : (in French) by Gabrielle Denis

450 000 internet jobs to create in next 4 years in France

According to McKinsey & Company, the Internet sector will create 450 000 new jobs in the next 4 years in France (mainly in web services and related jobs). During the last 15 years, the web industry has created 750 000 jobs. So, in 4 years, employment in the sector will double. Web jobs will generate 129 billion Euro in revenues which represents 5,5 % of the internal GDP (in France). In 2010, web generated revenues were estimated at 72 billion Euros.

This shows the importance of adequate traning and VET supportive of the development of this job-intensive market.