Riccardo Maggiolo: I hope that in 20 years time workers will hire employers, rather than vice versa

Maggiolo will be speaking at the Young People Workshop, during the Talent rescuers session. His talk, titled ‘How to find work in the digital age and be happy’, will take place on Friday 30 June at 11.00 am.

Riccardo Maggiolo is a trainer, writer and journalist who graduated in communication science and holds a master’s in communication science and journalism. He is the founder of the Job Club project, an initiative that promotes the active search for employment, and is the author of the e-book and course Brucia il tuo curriculum, as well as the manual Job Search 2.0 (Franco Angeli, 2014).

Riccardo, what kind of skills and attitudes should schools teach today, bearing in mind that most students will have to invent their own place of work?  

The only fundamental attitude that schools really need to teach and encourage is the ability to set long-term goals linked to deep personal values, and to perform a continuous and deep self-assessment of one’s own attitudes, peculiarities, strengths and weaknesses. In general, they should promote knowledge much more than expertise or diligence. Technical and practical skills can come later, and always bearing in mind that they are mere tools that bring no solution and can even be harmful if placed in the wrong hands.

Should a professional curriculum focus on attitudes and interests rather than qualifications?

Definitely. This is because technical skills and vertical competences are going to be more and more difficult to deliver, cultivate and perform. Plus, they will quickly become a matter of machine automation and artificial intelligence solely. In the future work market, only the highly motivated will be able to thrive, and deep long-lasting motivation can only come from the pursuit of life values and personal realization.

In your view, what would be a good curriculum vitae to catch the attention of a company?

One that does not focus on the candidate, but on the solution that he or she offers to the prospective employer. Anyway, as you probably know, I believe that the CV is a very inadequate and even harmful means of finding a job.

How will we look for a job in 20 years’ time?

I hope that by that time the revolution in the job market is complete and that the intermediation of work will be a matter of the workers’ initiative (who have to hire the employer, rather than vice versa). But of course nowadays to make any prediction that goes beyond five years is a complete guess.