The Next Generation of Talent

Ahead of the Enactus UK National Expo 2018, Sam Smith reflects on KellyOCG’s partnership with the social enterprise charity and how the next generation of talent is helping to shape the world of work.

By Sam Smith, Global Vice President, Life Sciences & Healthcare  |  April 09, 2018

KellyOCG’s partnership with Enactus UK has been rewarding, surprising and inspiring in equal measure. Students have brought their energy and enthusiasm to our Talent Leaders in Action events and shared compelling ideas through our STEM Leader of the Future Competition. It has been amazing to watch the growth within the students. Their perspective on the future of work has become incredibly rounded, and, in many ways, incredibly brave. They are not afraid to ask questions, to share diverse opinions, to approach problems creatively. They are truly invested in the future of work and I feel confident that our future is in safe hands.

With the Enactus UK National Expo 2018 on the horizon, I want to pause and reflect on my Enactus experience while celebrating this amazing group of young people with the potential to change the world.

Future Stem Leaders

KellyOCG’s STEM Leader of the Future Competition saw Enactus students tackling some of the toughest challenges facing the STEM world. I evaluated student submissions alongside a panel of hand-selected KellyOCG leaders. We had some excellent entries and there were very tough decisions to be made. What was great was just how much fun some of the submissions were. Students really brought their personalities into the challenges. The creativity and innovation students have shown is amazing and each and every one should be incredibly proud. Our group of finalists is very strong, and they have presented some compelling and thought-provoking ideas about the future. It will be a real privilege to present the award on stage at the Enactus UK National Expo 2018.

The Voice of #NextGen Leaders

It’s important that we give a voice to the next generation of talent and I think more and more organisations are realising the positive impact of young talent mentoring up. These are voices that should be part of the conversation, adding depth and nuance to our approach. With this in mind, KellyOCG worked with Enactus students to create a special publication for the upcoming National Expo. The Voice of #NextGenLeaders sees five students sharing their views on the big issues that will impact the future of work. From the rise of digital technology to work-life balance and the gender gap, the students offered up some really interesting perspectives. I was lucky enough to act as editor for this special magazine and I have been blown away by their contributions. Make sure you grab your copy at the Enactus UK National Expo 2018 on the 9th and 10th April 2018.

The Enactus Experience

Across the business, we have been impressed not only by the Enactus finalists but by every student who has come along and joined our team events. These events have included business leaders, some from FTSE 100 companies, who have been equally impressed by the contribution of these bright young people. This is a partnership and a cause that KellyOCG is passionate about supporting. Our noble purpose is to connect people to work in ways that enrich their lives. I see Enactus enabling young people to make that connection every day. What they do is unique and powerful, and it deserves attention. I am personally very proud to be a part of it and I can’t wait to see where this partnership takes us next.

Enactus UK is a social enterprise charity supporting entrepreneurial young people and future leaders through education, social action and partnership with some of the country’s leading organisations. The Enactus UK National Expo 2018 takes place on the 9th and 10th of April 2018 at Excel London.

Sam Smith is Vice President of Global Solutions in EMEA and Strategic Sales Lead for KellyOCG. She works closely with clients to bridge the “talent agility gap” with innovative and sustainable workforce solutions.

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