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Having studied banking, insurance and social security at university, Theodora Dobreva was looking forward to putting what she’d learned to good use in her career. Instead, she found herself working basic and low-paid jobs in fields that didn’t interest her. “I was disappointed because this wasn’t what I had studied for,” she says.
Goda Tokere is the founder of Oh My Goda, a successful fashion company. She’s also one of a growing number of young Lithuanians that have been able to develop skills, gain experience and access new careers through the Youth Guarantee scheme.
Today, the Commission launches its initiative Investing in Europe’s Youth, outlining measures to boost youth employment, improve and modernise education, increase investment in skills of young people, and to enhance better opportunities to learn and study abroad.
David Banović’s life and career was following a steady path. He was studying journalism and politics at university. He had a part-time job where he was learning basic administrative and accounting skills.
Vasiliki Christidi graduated from university with the firm belief that it would be simple to find a job because she had a degree. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that easy and after several months, she was still unemployed.
Elvis Skripunas has always been ambitious. While other children dreamed of being firefighters, doctors or astronauts when they grew up, Elvis was imagining himself with a suit and briefcase.
The area where Nikolay Krastev grew up in Bulgaria is dominated by the agriculture and service industries. Having studied music at school, and with his only work experience being at a petrol station, he struggled to find a permanent job and soon found himself unemployed.
When Tina Fonovic left university with both a Bachelor of Law and a Masters in Marketing Communications, she was full of confidence and certain she’d find a job easily. Two years later and that confidence had faded.
After leaving school, Aristea Zachari was unemployed for three months and increasingly dependent on her parents. A visit to the local career office introduced her to the Youth Guarantee scheme and the opportunities it offers unemployed young people in Greece.
Today, the European Commission adopted a Communication that highlights the main achievements of the Youth Guarantee and Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) since their launch in 2013 and draws lessons on how to improve the EU and national efforts on deploying national Youth Guarantee schemes.