OPPORTUNITIES FOR JOB
CREATION AND INNOVATION AMONGST YOUTHS
My name is Cátia. I'm 21 years old and I’m from Portugal. In Portugal I divide my time between two cities. The small town where I was born, Alcácer do Sal, and the city where I study, Lisbon. I have a degree in Sociology at ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon, where I am also at the moment doing my master's degree in Human Resources.
I always worked to pay for my studies, but during my degree, my family continues to support me in several ways. During the summer holidays, I need to have a small job that allows me to earn enough money to pay for my school fees. Then during the year in Lisbon I work as much as I can, but going to school is always my priority, and I try to not miss any classes. The jobs that I have held, from 2012 when I joined the University, to the present year (2015), span several areas, from industrial factories, to waitressing, stores attendant, etc. I have been unable to get a job in my area, because it requires working schedules that would not have allowed me to study. All my professional experiences are based on the ability to adapt the work to the free time I have out of the class period and study time.
These days in Portugal, it’s very difficult to get a job, and it's even harder to get a job with good pay. The unemployment rate is very high, especially among young people. And to get a job in our professional area, we young people have to submit ourselves to unpaid internships that last several months, to gain experience, all the while remaining hopeful that we will be hired (which never or rarely happens). I am against these internships. I think that all work must be paid according to qualifications and professional performance.
So who am I? I am a young woman with a degree, who has no problem working as a waitress (e.g.), to pay for school fees and other school expenses. I am a young woman who is aware of Portugal’s reality. I am a young girl who seeks to study and obtain qualifications in order to have a chance in the labor market, a chance that would allow me to have a job in the area that I like.
In the future, I hope to work directly with people. As a sociologist, one of my main goals is to be present in society and contribute in the way I can, so that society improves and is able to correct their problems, so that people can live better lives. With a master's degree in Human Resources, I can still intervene otherwise in people's lives, helping them play a proper role within a company, as also in society. I am not saying that I alone will change the world. But I hope that with my contribution I can make it a better place.