The 10 WEFORUM emerging technologies of 2019 in Switzerland

We’ve listed where to find more information in Switzerland about the 10 remerging technologies identified by the Word Economic Forum.

Most of them are key development areas for Switzerland

*Biopastic: Fribourg- Palstic update conference:
14th November, 2019 8.30 – 17.00 School of Engineering and Architecture Fribourg
More info: https://bioplasticsnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Flyer-Plastics-update-2019-A5-impression-002.pdf

*Social Robot: during the site of The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Robotics. https://nccr-robotics.ch/

*Tiny lenses: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
On the site of https://www.swissphotonics.net/workshops_7

*Disordered Proteins
At the Intrinsically Disordered Proteins conference in Les Diablerets (June 21 – 26, 2020) https://www.grc.org/intrinsically-disordered-proteins-conference/2020/
As well, in the labs of Clariant, a Swiss speciality chemicals company with HQ in Muttenz. https://www.clariant.com

*Collaborative telepresence
On the site of Virtual Switzerland national network for immersive technologies and virtual environments simulation supported by the Confederation (Innosuisse), http://virtualswitzerland.org/

*Safer Nuclear reactor
A the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate which is the national regulatory authority with responsibility for nuclear energy.
https://www.ensi.ch/en/

*DNA Data Storage
ETHZ Researchers have developed a method for writing vast amounts of information in DNA and storing it inside a synthetic fossil
https://ethz.ch/en/news-and-events/eth-news/news/2015/02/data-storage-for-eternity.html
Swiss DNAlysis performs Laboratory analysis and storage exclusively performed in Switzerland accredited by Swiss Federal Office of Public Health following Swiss patient data protection rules, eligible for coverage by health insurance.

*Energy storage
BFH-CSEM Energy Storage Research Centre
https://energystorageoverview.bfh.ch/

15 trendy jobs for the future- 3 criteria to find yours (part 3/5: Environment Care)

The jobs selected for this series of blogs are all occupations which demand will increase in the coming years.
5 categories will see the most important upwards trends: Healthcare and Personal Care / IT & Digitalisation / Environment Care / Education and Professional supports / Factory 4.0.

For each presented trendy job, we provide 3 criteria to help you assess if that is something for you:

  • Entrance efforts: How much learning efforts one would need to deploy to step in that new occupation field: low, mid, high.
  • Growth trend: Some sectors will grow faster and more intensively than others: low, mid, high.
  • Local Language requirements: Some occupations will have some global or regional reach and some others will be more local, implying different languages requirements: low, high.

In today’s blog, the focus is given to 3 jobs in the category Environment Care.
When available, we provide some further information about the way, in Switzerland, to educate yourself for these professions.

RECYCLER/WASTE MANAGER

The recycling sector will create millions of new high tech green jobs. Some roles combine waste management and recycling functions, while others split them into separate jobs. Tomorrow’s recyclers won’t be sorting materials or products for recycling they will be turning the concept of a circular economy into reality. Most will work within the manufacturing industries selves to improve the company’s management of its waste and energy A waste manager organizes and manages waste disposal, collection and recycling facilities. He/she may also be responsible for waste treatment and street cleaning operations. Being up to date with legislation is fully part of the skill set expected from a waste manager.

Entrance effort: low to high (depending on the seniority/leadership required by the job)
Growth trend: high
Local Language requirement: high

Education: Educations available in Switzerland include the apprenticeship (CFC Recycler), The Nature and environment specialist federal degree and the Bachelor of Science HES in energy and environmental technologies

SOLAR CELL TECHNICIAN

Solar Technicians maintain solar power systems, so they work at their highest capacity. This can mean working with a passive system, such as heat from a window, or an active system, such as solar panels on a roof that gather and direct sunlight into storage batteries. Maintaining these systems entails repairing solar panels, replacing pumps or fans, and exploring more effective designs.
Solar Technicians  team up with Solar Engineers  tp designed  new product or process, and assist in its installation and maintenance.
The roles also implies evaluation of what materials retain the most energy from the sun, consider different storage options, and create lighter, more portable, and more economical products.

Entrance effort: low to high (depending on the seniority/leadership required by the job)
Growth trend: high
Local Language requirement: mid

Education: Chef(fe) de projet en montage solaire avec brevet fédéral Brevet fédéral BF, Diplôme fédéral DF Bachelor of Science HES⁠-⁠SO en Energie et techniques environnementales

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY CONSULTANT

Most renewable energy consultants primarily work out of consulting offices offering technical advice and project management assistance. They help their clients update and implement policies and procedures that ensure the delivery of the highest quality customer service in the most cost-effective manners. They analyze and evaluate renewable electric and gas technologies from a wide range of data sources to identify different risks, factors and scenarios that may impact the project.

Entrance effort: high
Growth trend: mid
Local Language requirement: mid

Education: A Bachelor’s degree with a major in Alternative and Renewable Energy is the ideal starting point for an aspiring renewable energy consultant, some distance learning option are available on the market. In Switzerland, the EPFL offers a master’s program in Energy Science and Technology and a Master’s degree program in Energy Science and Technology (MEST) is offered by ETH Zurich

In upcoming blogs you will discover jobs related to Education and Professional supports

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Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
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Sandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.

10 tips to refresh your LinkedIn profile during the summer

Summer is the ideal time of the year to refresh our linkedIn profiles. We have more time to look at our professional timeline as a whole, more time to reflect on our strengths and skills and, least but but not last, there are plenty of opportunities for huge smiles and beautiful tans headshots 🙂

Before you take any of the steps covered in this article, I recommend you go into the privacy and settings menu of your LinkedIn account and set your “Sharing edit profile” to No.

I suggest you first pay some visits to the LI profiles of professionals in your field to see how their LinkedIn Profiles look.

  • Which ones are more appealing to you?
  • What is making a profile interesting to you?
  • What makes you click on one profile and not another one?
  • What do you find on others’ profile that is missing on yours?

Tip 1
Headline
By default, it is set to your last title, but you can customise it as you want. Pick a headline that is in relation with the role which you now target. Make sure you use wordings used by employers in Switzerland (check job ads title and use similar key words). You have up to 120 characters to express what is your professional identity about. Make the best usage out of them. If you are a freelancer or an entrepreneur, pick words that tell more about you and what you do, than “owner” “Founder” or “freelancer”.

Tip 2
Location
Make sure your location is set to Switzerland, otherwise you can’t expect recruiters and talent acquisition specialists to find you.

Tip 3
Industry
Pick the industry where you most would like to work, next rather than your current one.

Tip 4
Picture
Having a picture makes your profile 14 times more likely to be viewed by others. Use common sense to decide which picture to use. A few hints: good image, resolution, close portrait, recent, smiling, enthusiast, professional but nothing more than your usual dressing code in the type of job you target. If you are in a less “corporate” type of industry, you can allow yourself to a bit of fantasy. Cook dressed as a cook, sport marketer in a sport outfit, etc…

Tip 5
The Summary
2 crucial elements to take into account to write your summary:
Your audience: Who are they? (Head-hunters, sourcers, talent acquisition specialists, hiring managers, clients?) What are they looking for? What are they key criteria to look for a new colleague?
The algorithm: Think SEO, imagine you look for someone like you, which key words are you going to use in your search?
A few hints: Speak with “I”, use bullet points rather than long paragraph, list your know-how even if you have outlined them at other places of your profile, think USPs, think Value proposal, get inspiration from other LI profiles in your industry or functional area, add your contact details (email), if you are, add that you are available upon short notice, add media (e.g. CV in an infographic format)

Tip 6
Your contact and personal info
Provide your phone and email address, these will be only accessible to your connection.
If You would like your email details to be accessible to all, I recommend also adding them into your Summary.
Website URL
If you have your own website or blog or a URL link to your CV, this is the place to add it.
Chose “Other” in the Website URL type option of LI, this gives you the possibility to adjust the text with, as an example: “About me”.
Profile URL
Replace the ugly string of character by a clean URL as close to your first name Last name as possible, check and update your contact info if necessary.

Tip 7
Experience texts
Include all your experiences but focus on the experiences which are most relevant to the role you are now targeting by providing more details for those. Less relevant experiences should be kept short.

Tip 8
Education
Look for the official schools registration on LinkedIn so that you can join the school LI alumni.
For non-academic education: add a courses section (this is sub-section to the LI accomplishments section), you can leave the number section empty.

Tip 9
Languages
Do not forget your mother tongue!
Use Linked Pre-set category. Be consistent with your CV. Do not be shy, other won’t.

Tip 10
Skills and endorsement
An efficient way to update your skills is to take your CV, to highlight all the relevant key words, soft and hard skills and then to enter these words in the skills search window and pick the closest one provided by LinkedIn.
Organise your skills with the ones most relevant to your next career step, first.

Bonus Tip
LinkedIN Career interest feature
Activate the career interest functionality.

With these 11 tips, you have improved your LinkedIn branding, to go further and to use LinkedIn to market yourself, the job4U2 career coaches are competent professionals to help you set up a targeted and efficient LinkedIn activity strategy in relation to the career objective you want to reach.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you want to know more about the 4U2 programs method and content and please share this blog with your friends and networks!

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.

Swiss employers experience similar trends in partner and spouse relocation as most companies worldwide.

Partner reluctance to move due to career consideration is the most common reason for not accepting an international assignment.

Today, in almost all cases employees actively involve their partners in the discussion prior to accepting an assignment

The most common reason for a failed assignment, is an unhappy and unintegrated partner in the host location.

Most organizations recognize “partners” as eligible to dual-career support benefits whatever they are legally married, or unmarried, with a partner of the opposite or same sex.

The most frequently encountered objectives of Swiss organizations for their partner support policies are
• Increase Assignment Satisfaction
• Facilitate Assignment Acceptance
• Support Diversity and Equality

Globally, in 2017, 90% of employers offer some forms of support to the relocating partner .

More information about global trends:

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.

Why is it such a challenge to pitch and why is it also a challenge to give someone a feedback?

Job4U2, in collaboration with Gyrate, has recently organised a Pitch & Challenge Feedback on LinkedIn. An impressive number of people have been curious about it and have taken a first step to better understand what pitching and feedback were about.

Very few have dared to step in. Indeed Sharing a pitch on a Linkedin group, not knowing who will be reading it is not an easy step to take. It does indeed require stepping out of the comfort zone.

Why proposing this challenge then? Because we believe it is all about stepping out of the comfort zone.

Looking for a job in a foreign country where nobody else than yourself can back you up on your expertise and ability to create value for an employer, require stepping out of the comfort zone.

Starting a business or an independent activity, having to sell your products or your services and convince people to trust you, engaging them into a commercial relationship, is about stepping out of the comfort zone.

Working your way into an organisation and progressing within that organisation requires stepping out of the comfort zone. Obtaining the deserved recognition requires indeed stepping out of the comfort zone. If we want to progress in our professional life we need the courage  to step up and be ready for exposure and even seek exposure and feedback.

Providing feedback to someone can at first seem a bit scary. It feels personal, and on receiving feedback it gets even more personal. On the other hand, not being open to feedback is a missed opportunity to improve your skills and think of how your feedback can really move the needle in someone else’s life!

Providing feedback on another person’s pitch is a demanding exercise. It requires you to put yourself aside and disregard what the other person thinks or feels and focus on helping the other person improve. This level of abnegation is not easy to reach, but think of the impact your feedback can have on another person’s performance and professional future.  

For most of us, direct, transparent feedback does not come natural. This is part of the reason why I value so much what Gyrate represents. Their purpose is to introduce transparent feedback culture into organizations, giving team members the right set of tools to provide relatable feedback to each other that helps them improve performance and progress in their professional career.  

Realising where we set our own limits and becoming conscious about them is a major step towards gaining the ability to outperform them. Sometime we realise that something we found easy at first, when having to actually do it, is encountering inner resistance. A coach is a person who welcome these limits and who invite you to have the curiosity to go and approach them with benevolence and to find the motivation to outplace them.

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.