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and competitions. In these examples, someone has done the necessary preparation in the digital field, some have even have created a prototype or working product. They may even have won an award for their work, but it has not been put to market. We have to give a chance to these projects to learn and share examples of the importance of digital skills. Entrepreneurship has to be understood as a state of the mind; as a business approach. Only in that way, can the biggest enemy of entrepreneurship; the fear of failure be neutralised. And each one could try new things and enrich his and others life. It is clichĂŠ but the future is rushing so fast that the only chance to be adequate is to predict it. In that way could assume that you will be prepared for it.

Veronika LĂĄzĂĄr, Hungary The importance of digital skills is unquestionable, but to truly benefit from it, we have to combine them with an entrepreneurial mind-set which is open to taking up risks, even in the face of failure. The two days of panel discussions and talks with other students were centred on the change that we are experiencing in the digital age. For me, the notion of coding being something that could be taught to children of young age and that it is never too late to start, meant a lot. I always thought about coding as something as a privilege that people with amazing analytical skills are born with. Seeing the enthusiasm of our panellists, many of whom were from different disciplines than I would associate with digital and coding skills, was infectious for me as well: I have always been interested in learning more about the computerised world around me, as it is engulfing every part of our lives. I have always been fascinated by it, but I never thought that I could be anything else than a consumer of digital products. The study visit and the panel discussions opened my eyes to a world of new opportunities, where I can start to understand coding and expand my digital knowledge (it is never too late!) by enrolling in a MOOC course or just starting by learning an Hour of Code. The European Union and the new job opportunities of its future will be highly dominated by the digital skills of its citizens. If there is a lack of knowledge in this area, we can hardly speak about economic growth and development on the

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Closing the gap: digital and entrepreneurial skills for all  

A collection of essays from participants at the 2015 EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions and the EDS Study Visit on digital a...

Closing the gap: digital and entrepreneurial skills for all  

A collection of essays from participants at the 2015 EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions and the EDS Study Visit on digital a...

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