Most of the people who came to my seminar have never been to a job interview so for most of them it was very important and relevant information to know. In my first class there were 16 young people who were listening, sharing their ideas and experiences. In my second seminar two girls came who already knew what they wanted to do in their lives. One wanted to become a kids psychologist and the other one wanted to work as a graphic designer, and, also, work with similar NGO’s like the one where she had her program. It was so much easier to communicate with them because these girls had their future plans and I could give them relevant examples of what they could do and say during their job interviews.
What is not surprising at all is that the majority of people still have no idea what they are good at, what they want to do in lives, and what their expectations are. I think this situation is similar around the world with people aged 16-20 or even older. For many years these young people were kept up in orphanages so they do not really know what is outside of those four walls. One of the main problems in orphanages is that people who don‘t know about different possibilities in life. They only choose positions which they see, depending on who their heroes, idols are, or the people who work with them: social workers, psychologist, teachers, etc. Youth think that just because I like the way a person acts with me, shows that I can be the same. But that‘s not true. They do not think about the traits they have.
I spoke with many youngsters and many of them have met Americans so they wanted to study foreign languages, or they wanted to become teachers, nurses, policemen or selling agents. These are the most popular positions. But what is popular in western cultures is tech, marketing, economics, and law; however, these are far from their interest. This is because they have never thought about it and have never met a person who was working in that field or because they didn‘t think or believe that they were capable of studying it.
I prepared list of a skills which I used for youth to identify what their strengths and weaknesses are. A few days later I gave my first consultation to a young man who was going to a job interview. We spoke about what he could do, what kind of jobs could he expect, and what he could say during an interview. We spoke about his education and salary expectations. Lastly, I gave him a few tips on what he was supposed to ask during his job interview.