A necessary awareness

According to a report by Dell and the Californian think tank “Institute for the Future,” 85% of jobs in 2030 do not exist yet. This is an observation that the IMSG takes very seriously as a player in education and whose mission is to contribute to the development of the employability of new generations. In a job market that is becoming more complex, the perception of young graduates is irrevocable. Indeed, for 60% of these, “the skills they have acquired never or rarely meet the expectations of companies.”

Breaking up of traditional education

The exponential acceleration of recent years is undermining traditional educational structures that are struggling to adapt to new challenges. Changes, whether societal or technological, require schools that want to respond to the bets of tomorrow to accept the rupture of the paradigm of education, a rare brutality, they are forced to accept if they do not do not want to disappear. It then becomes essential to deconstruct preconstructed solids that have become established over time as true postulates when they are not dogmas.

The adoption of a new model of education, based more on the acquisition of “soft skills”, is therefore unavoidable. The development of these emotional and relational skills implies a return to the meaning given to the teachings, the culture of benevolence, empathy and altruism.

It is also interesting to note that in a study carried out in 15 countries by the World Economic Forum, the soft skills that employees consider essential to possess in 2020 are mainly oriented towards complex problem solving, critical thinking, reactivity , team management, coordination, judgment and decision-making, customer service, negotiation, cognitive flexibility and of course, emotional intelligence … all that we do not learn from school.

It is in an approach of applied research that the team of the International Management School decided to create the Chair Mutations and Agilities.

The latter is composed of three facets:

The first is in the field of research. It sets itself the objective of reflecting on the answers to be given in terms of employment of the younger generations in the Geneva basin. For this, it relies on results from “profiling” obtained following the establishment of a research protocol called “2030 Agile Competence” with the Leonardo 3.4.5 company. The field of research is that of pupils and students aged 15 to 25, for whom a representation of their “soft skills” in the form of a “cartography” will make future employers aware of their future employees. This study will help to understand the types of activities in which the subjects have particular strengths in order to anticipate, or even invent, the “agile skills” that will be needed by 2030 … With a careful observation and interpretation of the interactions in interpersonal relationships and emotional burdens.

The second is called Agile Generations. It is a perspective of the results obtained as well as observations of several decades in contact with the “younger generations”. It should lead to the creation of the IMSG Junior, a school whose purpose is to build an innovative support system for middle school students (from 14 to 18 years old in secondary II) whose skills or behavior towards learning may seem differ from traditionally accepted standards. This, so that they can follow studies and thus make use of their specificities rather than suffer them. Taking into account societal changes, new constraints and opportunities and the results of the “2030 skills” research axis to adapt pedagogy and knowledge acquisition methods is essential.

The third is the creation of X3, Excubator, which, unlike the incubator which is strongly “technological” connotes to create new encounters with new forms of entrepreneurship and exchange and which will lead to the emergence of new ideas, new products and services that are not necessarily very technological. The Excubator’s ambition is to reveal 2 annual projects, and comes in support of the project “skills 2030” and “Generations agile” that can “take shape”. X3 wants to create and cultivate a breakthrough innovation necessary given the new markets that are emerging. X3 is supported by an entrepreneurial club that brings together business leaders around these young people and develops a form of mentorship.

Whether it is the development of the Business Plan, the relationship with Business Angels, the teaching of sales techniques, the meeting with economic actors (networking etc …), the prevention of cyber-risks and the development of cyber-competitiveness, a team is here to support young agile talent in their projects.

The actors of the IMSG Mutations and Agility Chair:

  • M. Hervé AZOULAY, Business Angel
  • Prof. Dr. Richard DELAYE-HABERMACHER, CMA Chair, IMSG
  • Mr Jérôme FAVOULET, Director of the X3 Exchanger “Talents and Agility”, DBA in Progress
  • Prof. Dr. Marcello MORTILLARO, Senior Scientist, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva
  • Prof. Dr. Christa MUTH, Professor Emeritus, Consultant and Facilitator
  • Mr Philippe PACHE, psychologist, DBA in Progress
  • Mr Jacques-François PERRENOUD, in charge of IMSG projects, DBA in Progress
  • Mrs Vanessa SURIANO, in charge of relations and business development
  • Mr Yann VAUCHER, Director of One Technologies Sàrl, Organizational Leadership Specialist and Adult Trainer with Federal Patent
  • Mrs. Laura VENCHIARUTTI, Founder ImpactIA, in charge of the “Assessment & Innovation” program at IMSG
  • Mr Franck VIDAL, Business Manager, Switzerland