After the school-leaving national exams at schools, most of the school leavers will face a problem of choosing their future profession. According to the data of the Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Research Centre, only 40% of the school leavers know what they are going to study. Another part have a lot of unanswered questions: which profession to choose that will ensure a well-to-do life and a job and which profession will stay viable in the future? Those questions, as well as the question why it is worth choosing university studies in Klaipėda, are answered by spacialists.
Which areas are the most promising?
Based on the data of the Lithuanian Investment Promotion Agency Invest Lithuania regarding the creation of new jobs by investors, it is forecast that, next to the information and communication technologies, the sector of industrial equipment and electronics manufacturing will expand. Most of their specialists are graduates of the study programmes in electronics, mechanics, manufacturing engineering, IT, and arts and design.
Automation keeps rapidly expanding into the area of natural sciences and combining technology and engineering with biology (biotechnology), chemistry, neurology, and medicine. “The argument is supported by the surveys of European entrepreneurs which reveal that they associate the growth potential of their businesses with six professions in the area of technologies: design, electronics engineering, programming, production (and other fields of science) engineering, and qualified process operators”, said Birutė Noreikaitė, expert of the investment environment in Invest Lithuania.
She pointed out that “the knowledge of foreign languages becomes a basic skill which is a must for work in an international team. International service centres providing high value-added finance, human resources, or engineering services will be expanding. The languages of the Nordic countries should be emphasised as most demanded in the market. Nordic companies presenly employ 41% of all the staff in that sector, and the staff speaking those languages get up to 20% higher salaries”.
What is promising in Klaipėda?
Klaipėda City, seeking to become the centre of the blue economy in the region, was the first in Lithuania to develop the strategy of the economic development of the city Klaipėda 2030. It will seek economic breakthroughs in the sectors of maritime economy, bio-economy, advanced industry and services, and creative economy. That means an opportunity to get a job after studies in high value-added innovative business enterprises and simultaneously to enjoy quality living and leisure in the city on the seacoast.
To quote Vytautas Grubliauskas, Mayor of the City of Klaipėda and Chairman of the Klaipėda University Council, “Klaipėda already needs promising scientists, engineers, biotechnologists, prototype developers, IT and digitalisation solution makers, industrial design specialists, mechanics, shipbuilding and repair and other specialists”.
According to Simas Simanauskas, Head of the Klaipėda Economic Development Agency Klaipėda ID, in Klaipėda, the demand will grow not only for the specialists of exact sciences, but also for ones in other fields: “One of the priority areas in Klaipėda is the development of creative industries and the service sector. The development of those sectors will require multilingual specialists with the skills of management and project management, able to work with international markets and to be team leaders. Creative industries in Klaipėda provide increasingly higher added value not only due to the strengthening community, but also due to the closer cooperation with traditional business sectors; that is why the demand for professionals of creative industries will surely grow.
Vytautas Grubliauskas noted that the salaries of the port employees were 2,5 times higher than the average wage in Lithuania. “In Klaipėda, we have a number of companies related to the port activities and employing over 50,000 people all over Lithuania. In the port, they work with large objects of strategic significance, such as the development of the LNG (liquefied natural gas) technologies, ship design and building, etc. For the development of such projects, relevant competencies are required, and the professionals with such competences are paid respective salaries”.
Get a promising specialty in Klaipėda University
In response to the demands of the city and the labour market in general, Klaipėda University (KU) offers promising study programmes whose graduates will be welcome in advanced enterprises not only in Klaipėda and Lithuania, but all over the world.
In the Faculty of Marine Technology and Natural Sciences of KU, you can take studies in Informatics, Informatics Engineering, or other study programmes in engineering, such as Maritime Transport Sea Port, Mechanics, or Engineering of Liquefied Natural Gas Terminals, or the programmes in natural sciences – Biology or Hydrology and Oceanography – which, according to specialists, have a great future. To continue in graduate studies, you can choose between study programmes in Geoinformatics, Ichthyology and Fisheries, Marine Hydrology, Sea Ports, Oil Technology Processes, or Technical Information Systems Engineering.
The Faculty of Social Sciences of KU offers undergraduate study programmes in Management, Logistics, and Public Administration and graduate study programmes in Innovation Management and Technologies, Marketing, and Business Management. The Faculty of Humanities and Education Sciences invites to the study programmes of English and Another Foreign Language (Swedish, Spanish, German) and Media Philosophy and Cultural Industry.
For more information about KU study programmes, see: https://www.ku.lt/priemimas2018/