What happened when I left university with the wrong skills

Delila Kidanu, ThinkYoung

Delila Kidanu, ThinkYoung

Like many newly-minted graduates before me, I realized very quickly after leaving university that the types of jobs available to me were not as plentiful as those for friends who had studied science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

I learned the hard way how important it is to have the skills that employers are looking for. Continue reading

The positive impact of labour standards on peoples’ lives


Eric Gravel, Senior Legal Officer, International Labour Standards Department

Large multilateral organizations like the ILO have occasionally been accused of limiting themselves to mere declarations of principle, without any real practical impact.

Indeed, when I first began working in the ILO’s standards department some 24 years ago, I was asked to review the impact of the Committee on Freedom of Association. Like others, I did wonder about the effectiveness of the mechanisms that were in place to ensure the implementation of ratified Conventions – known as ILO’s ‘supervisory system’. Continue reading

Disability – why your opinion is important


Marlee Matlin

When I was a little girl I had one burning ambition. It was to be an actress. I even wrote an essay, “If I was a movie star,” and it was so convincing it won a prize.

Sooner than I could have imagined I was winning bigger prizes, and for my acting. The Oscar, the Golden Globes. So, you will say, she achieved her ambition – far beyond the dreams of my teenage essay. And that is true…up to a point. Continue reading