From Students to Managers: Myth, or a Pressing Need for Today’s Economy?

05 Jun , 16:00–17:15
International Youth Economic Forum
Pavilion G, conference hall G2

Since 2017, hundreds of thousands of young people in Russia without any management experience have taken part in selection programmes to help them unlock their leadership potential. At the same time, the public and private sectors are continuing to evolve, and their requirements for candidates are changing accordingly – there is a desire to attract more dynamic and adaptable young people. However, lack of experience remains an issue, to say nothing of the economic consequences of the pandemic. Indeed, these are causing organizations to turn to experienced candidates capable of hitting the ground running. As a result, long-term considerations are being neglected, and youth unemployment is growing. Do selection programmes of the type alluded to above offer real value to the public and private sectors, or do they more resemble CSR or marketing ploys? What is the objective of initiatives of this kind? How can they be best employed, and how are they different to selection programmes for current managers? What skills do students lack in terms of beginning a managerial career, and what selection programmes employed by international companies for their management trainee programmes could be applied in Russia? And could international selection practices for fast-track leadership programmes be adopted in the country?

Oxana Achkasova, Head of Key Projects Department, Russia – Land of Opportunity
Vyacheslav Shoptenko, Director, Institute for Organizational Development and Strategic Initiatives, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)

Maria Afonina, Vice Rector for Educational Activities of the Management Workshop "Senezh"
Dmitry Volkov, Deputy Minister of Construction, Housing, and Utilities of the Russian Federation (online)
Maxim Papushenko, Minister of Economic Development of the Rostov Region
Dmitry Fedorov, Constructorium Project Manager, Agency for Strategic Initiatives to Promote New Projects
João Matoso Henriques, General Manager, SDG; Executive Director, International Organizing Committee, Global Management Challenge

Front row participants
Inna Gaziyeva, Project Leader, RAISE All-Russian Accelerator of Social Initiatives
Dina Gaizatullina, Chairman, Association of Youth Governments of the Russian Federation