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Integrated Student Development: The Main Challenges of Education Today in Forming a New Generation

In the modern world of work, people don't have job security and lifetime employment anymore. To be successful in their career individuals should be mobile and self-directed. This new reality creates a necessity to continuously appraise the situation in the labour market and be aware of personal strengths and weaknesses. On the other hand, young people are growing in a new context – constant digitalization, often smaller social relationships. Their preferences, perceptions of life, and values are changing. How exactly? – we do not know enough. Shaping flexible career decisions early in the life course is the most important skill for emerging adults during the transition from school to work. Educational institutions may be particularly important in developing competencies and psychological strategies to become resilient and to build a flexible career approach in the life course. Also, extremely important is the integral development of a young person in the educational process not only for a career but for life. The main task of higher education is to teach students to cope with both negative and positive challenges of life. Now there is a need to be flexible, to adapt. And this is one of the greatest challenges of our time – to change education by leaving good traditions and starting new ones. Therefore, an important task of our project is to analyze the challenges facing education in Ukraine, particularly the educational needs of modern students, a set of competencies, relevant learning methods and mechanisms, and to predict student success in future careers.

Sofia Opatska, Vice-Rector for Research and Teaching at UCU, Dean and Founder of the Lviv Business School

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