The importance of young talent in the digital transformation process

It hasn’t been that long since we had to use the huge volumes of the encyclopedia to prepare a technical or academic work or if we wanted to delve into any subject that we didn’t have information about.

The technological revolution and the digital transformation have modified the configuration of society , our most basic life habits, our way of relating with other people or with the environment, or the way in which we move from one place to another. The arrival of the Internet and its good harmony with technological products have generated a multitude of new needs within the new digital reality in which we live immersed. The most urgent, that of adapting to change.

It is a fact that affects the entire population and in which we are all involved: citizens, companies, organizations, institutions and governments. It is up to all of us to be part of the transition to new production models that favor social and economic progress in a sustainable way .

The youngest, the leaders of the future

To continue contributing to these objectives, companies have to make strategic decisions regarding employees, offering, on the one hand, training plans for the acquisition of new skills and digital skills , as well as the implementation of certain programs to recruit new talents , through which to consolidate the inclusion of new generations.

In this sense, university-business collaboration seems to be of crucial importance . While from educational institutions students are trained so that they acquire the skills that the professions of the future will demand, from business organizations it is sought that students strengthen the knowledge acquired and train them to function with guarantees in the labor market, through your experience in a real work environment .

This line of joint work between educational and business entities has given rise to various initiatives to support young talent, promoting stimulation and technological development among new generations, such as the Santander Scholarships for MIT Professional Education – Leading Digital Transformation .

This project, developed by Santander in collaboration with MIT Professional Education – Leading Digital Transformation , offers 2,500 scholarships to undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate students, and the opportunity to participate in a 5-week program in which they will be trained to perform functions of leadership in the digital transformation process.

Santander for MIT Professional Education – Leading Digital Transformation

Santander’s commitment to offer complementary and quality training to university students in the scientific and technological field materializes in the development of initiatives such as the Santander Scholarships for MIT Professional Education – Leading Digital Transformation, a project developed through Santander Universities .

“The differential value with respect to other programs is due to the quality of the educational content, backed by the solvency of MIT, as well as the online methodology and mentors. Satisfaction surveys for this type of MIT Professional Education program are similar to those for face-to-face programs,” says the global director of Santander Universities.

In this edition, a total of 2,500 Santander Scholarships are offered for young university students with a clear purpose: ” to develop future business professionals who are capable of leading with creative skills”. To do this, the learning methodology that the beneficiaries of this aid will use are high-impact online programs, in which all training is produced through an e-learning platform. Between 7 and 8 hours of daily study are required and it lasts for five consecutive weeks.

In the words of Roglá, “this new Santander Scholarship program is based on an online training methodology with the support of specialized tutors and mentors , which has a direct impact on the level of learning of the participants. This is proven by the fact that the rates of completion and use of the training (around 85%-90%) exceed the best standards of training by MOOCs by a high percentage (in other specialized platforms, such as EdX, it is less than 2 %)”.

This pedagogical approach makes it possible to get the most out of the program in terms of the experience lived throughout the learning process, the commitment of the scholarship holders (in direct relation to the interest and motivation of the participants) and the degree of understanding of the specific skills. that are taught

The methodology used in this scholarship has been developed by MIT Professional Education, which has tried to combine academic study with intellectual stimulation in a work environment , which causes a significant increase in the intrinsic motivation of all participants in the Program.

The social character that Banco Santander promotes with these initiatives is manifest. Through the Santander Scholarships for MIT Professional Education – Leading Digital Transformation, ” equity in access to Higher Education is promoted , which permeates the entire offer of Santander scholarships and allows us to fulfill our purpose of contributing to the progress of people ”, highlights Javier Roglá.

There are two itineraries to take the program , one for those candidates who want to develop it in English and another for those who prefer to receive training in Spanish. In addition, this initiative consists of two phases . The first will include the selection of up to 2,500 participants from Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, USA, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom and Uruguay.

The 300 participants with the highest degree of performance during the first phase of the program will go to the second phase, who will be able to take specific studies in any of the lines of action of the Open Programs offered by MIT Professional Education with a duration of 8 weeks.

This training program includes learning in areas of great relevance in the coming years, such as Blockchain, Cloud Computing and Machine Learning , among others.

Roglá’s message to those students or graduates who are thinking of participating in these scholarships is clear: “The future of employment is increasingly digital. According to a recent study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), half of the job offers for digital profiles come from non-tech companies. The sooner they prepare for this paradigm shift in the labor market, the more employment opportunities they will have.”

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