The work world is changing, how can I adapt?

The world of work is changing. According to the World Economic Forum, 65% of children entering primary school today will be employed in jobs that do not yet exist. Sustainable Development Goal 8 aims to increase productivity and tackle unemployment rates. It also aims to eliminate all types of informal work to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth. (Sustainable Development) If most jobs are predicted to be taken over by automation and soon artificial intelligence, how can we prepare ourselves for the future? We need to prepare ourselves in a way that will easily allow us to adapt into future jobs, but as well for us to fulfil our passion. In my opinion, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey is an amazing framework to kick off your plan towards your professional life with success and passion!

Be Proactive
Reactive people focus on the things that are simply out of their control. Proactive people on the other hand realise that complaining about something that is not going to change anything, but there are things that can be controlled that can influence your ultimate goal. People normally focus on the things that they cannot control, because it is simply easier, because it does not require you to actually do something about it. But in order to be successful and to work into creating an outcome you hope to see, do something about it.

Begin with the end in mind
When you leave this earth, what do you want to be remembered by? Are you achieving your goals? Are you actively working towards becoming the person you ultimately want to be? Make sure that what you are doing today contributes to what you want people to remember about you when the time comes and for you to live your life to the fullest.

Put first things first
Think about when someone asks you what you deem as most important in your life, what are you thinking about? Now, think about how much to contributed or spent time with that today and if not today in the past week? Are you truly putting first things first?

Think win-win
This is a crucial point for your future working life and your way up to success. Not everything is a zero sum game, in order for you to win, someone else does not have to lose. If we think this way, we will never be able to fulfil SDG 8 and without a collective win, you will never be able to grow to your fullest potential.

Seek first to understand, then to be understood
Say you worked really hard on a paper for University until it seems like you were putting in more effort into your paper than your friends were in theirs, but you got the lowest grade in the class. This is important, because often times we do not understand what the exercise wants needs or how it is supposed to be answered. We do not listen to what the professor or whoever is grading your paper wants you to mention or how you should structure your paper or what that person wants you to learn from it. So seek first to understand, then to be understood.

Synergise
Team work is the dream work. As cliche as it sounds, if you work as a collective you will be able to achieve much more than you would on your own.

Sharpen the saw
You have to work on the foundation before you build your house. What does that mean? We need to work on the things that mentally and physically do us good in order for us to strive in this life. Do the little things that make us people, that helps us relax, the things that bring us joy, the things that will motivate us and give us the energy to do exactly what we want to achieve.

Start working on this seven points today and await your successful, passion filled journey on contributing the SDG 8. The world is your oyster! What are you doing this summer? Do you want to travel and work on a project based on one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals? Find your perfect match at aiesec.org!

Some Plastic for Dinner?

Let’s talk about the mess we are making in our oceans. But first:

3 things you need to know to survive:

  • Water covers about 71% of the Earth’s surface.
  • The human body consists of 70-80% water.
  • Without water, a person can not live for more than 7 days.

Water is the source of our life. So why, according to estimates by the UN environmental service, are about 8 tons of plastic, household, and industrial waste, thrown out into the ocean every year?

Even such a large natural resource is not able to recycle so much waste. There is a poisoning of the fauna and flora of both coastal and marine, the decline of fisheries.

Plastic waste makes up clusters and stains in the waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans. Most of the garbage is generated due to the dumping of waste from densely populated areas of the coast. Often, marine animals swallow bags and small particles of plastic, confusing them with food, which leads to their death.

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It was found that only in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, the amount of plastic increased 100 times. Even small particles can change the natural ocean environment. During the calculations, about 90% of the animals on the shore die from plastic waste, which they mistake for food. 

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What could be more dangerous than plastic? Microplastic of course! 

According to the existing definitions, microplastic is any piece of plastic, five millimeters to one micrometer, that is, one-thousandth of a millimeter, in size.

New research shows that microplastic, in addition to being present in the air, is found in some foods, and especially in seafood. And this is quite logical: since there is a lot of microplastic in water, it is consumed by fish and other marine organisms that take it as food. Scientists add that microplastic is found even in deep-sea organisms, and mussels and oysters have the greatest risk of accumulating it in themselves.

Sustainable Development Goal 14 “Life below water” calls for careful management of this essential global resource that is a key feature of a sustainable future. 

Do something to protect the most important resource for our lives today! Volunteer for the SDG 14 this summer contributing to environmental projects, by applying on aiesec.org!

 

Valeriya  Palhuyeva
International Development, University of Vienna

What is FridaysForFuture and why should I care?

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve most likely seen it on social media, on the news or maybe even in real life, in your city. Kids around the world are taking to the streets, protesting a political and economic system that hasn’t been taking the needed action to stop climate change. They call it FridaysForFuture. But many people have been asking – is the topic really urgent enough that kids should be skipping classes for it?

Answer: yes

According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the situation is very urgent indeed. We are already experiencing a 1ºC rise in global temperature compared to preindustrial times, but this number will only go up if we continue emitting carbon into the atmosphere at the rate that we’re doing it now. That means rising sea levels, endangering our global supply of food, our homes as well as the habitats of many plants and animals. It also means more extreme weather phenomena, even more deadly than climate disasters we’ve already been experiencing now. We can’t afford to ignore this crisis, because unless we come together as one humanity, and completely change how we do things, our days on this planet are numbered.

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Unfortunately, coming together as one humanity to completely change how we do things is not something that has ever been done before. As Vox‘s David Roberts describes it, “It would be like the US mobilizing for WWII, only across the globe, sustained for the rest of the century. Nothing like that has ever happened.” Indeed, certain countries are taking steps in the opposite direction as we speak. Changing our policies to stop climate change will mean a very inconvenient and uncomfortable period ahead. Many governments and corporations are not willing to make these sacrifices.

That is why we are seeing kids worried enough to go on strike. That is why Fridays for Future is a huge movement and only growing. According to their website, during the week of March 15, there were at least 1.6 million strikers on all 7 continents. Young people are the generation that will need to live in the world that is currently being destroyed. There’s plenty of reasons to take it personally.

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Concerned? Me too. So what can we do?

Firstly, there are a huge number of small steps you can take in your daily life to make sure that you, personally, are not making the situation worse. You can find lists of actions all over the internet, like this one from RESET.org.

Secondly, why not join a FridaysForFuture climate strike, and find out first hand how important it is that we push our governments to take urgent climate action, and keep the temperatures from rising even further. You can find out when and where you nearest strike is taking place on the FridaysForFuture website.

Thirdly, since global problems require global solutions, you can take action in a Global Volunteer project for climate action. Simply search for Climate Action projects on AIESEC.org and apply for one of the 6-week projects on the platform. It’s a great chance to learn about another culture, while helping make sure we stop climate change around the globe.

There are many other ways you can contribute. About the only thing you should not do, is nothing. Science shows that we can’t continue living like this. So let’s take action.

Graphic/photo credits: Vox.comfridaysforfuture.at

 

SDG 4: Why does education matter?

In 2015, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development under the auspices of the United Nations in New York, Member States formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda provides for 17 goals, including a new global goal education (SDG 4). This goal is to provide inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Education is a key element that will achieve many other sustainable development goals (SDGs). If people have the opportunity to receive a quality education, they can break out of the vicious circle of poverty. Extreme poverty is now defined as living on less than $ 1.25 a day. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) has been conducting research in 105 countries, where 75% of the world’s population lives, or 5.7 billion people. Experts found that 23.5% of them live below the poverty line. Experts noted that more than half (662 million people) of those who live below the poverty line are minors. The poorest regions in the world are sub-Saharan Africa, where 58% of the population lives in poverty, and South Asia (31%).

Therefore, education contributes to reducing inequality and achieving gender equality. Based on data from 114 countries for the period from 1985 to 2005, it was found that one additional year of study corresponds to a 1.4 percentage point reduction in the Gini coefficient.

Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work and participation in political and economic processes will contribute to the sustainability of the economy and benefit society.

Investing in educational programs for girls and increasing the age of marriage will provide an income five times higher than the amount invested.

Education also plays an important role in promoting tolerance in human relations and contributes to the formation of more peaceful societies.

Have you ever thought that you can make a difference in the world, it starts with that first step and works well as the butterfly effect. If you want to contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals and tackle the issues you’re most passionate about, find the Opportunities here.