We believe that voluntary engagements are so important for our European societies and should be undertaken throughout the whole professional life. Even though it is seen as a temporary involvement of a few months particularly of university graduates before jumping into a vocation, it should certainly be considered as a life long process, which we call as “life-long volunteering”.
If well organized, scheduled and managed, voluntary engagements would undoubtedly generate positive effects on work efficiency and effectiveness on the one hand and would produce better societal results on the other. Besides, voluntary works help professionals acquire more social skills while strengthening their ties with the society. Therefore, intensified volunteering among professionals could be a useful tool to reach more social cohesion and solidarity in European societies.
Knowledge-based economy with social responsibility
We also strongly advocate that a sustainable and healthy social and economic development is only assured when professionals are involved in all kinds of issues and put their competences in the overall well-being of their societies. Societies actually need their skills and the more they are present within the society the more the society can benefit from it. Professionals should undertake social projects, participate in civil society organisations and be pioneers of active citizenship. In societies where the professionals are only concerned with their careers and do not participate actively in the society there is a big loss of potential and knowledge-transfer and societies would certainly suffer from this.
Multiculturalism is an asset for European economies
One of the important things that we advocate is the significance of the added-value of professionals with multicultural backgrounds to the European economies. They may provide much greater contribution than today taking into account that they have at least two different languages and cultural backgrounds and may come up with brilliant ideas with their flexibility and different perspectives. In order to get the best efficiency however, these people must be seen as a real potential rather than a problem. Fortunately, Europe does have this potential, yet this must be supported by efficient and smart policies encouraging them to show their skills.
We know that the US economy is largely based on the contributions of multicultural talents. Silicone Valley, the hub of R&D studies in the USA, is almost unimaginable without the presence of multicultural brains who represent almost %50 of the total force there. We believe that Europe is legging behind from this perspective, yet this process can be reversed with comprehensive and effective policies and implementations.