Tbilisi’s ages. If you are younger than 35, you should read it.

There is one thing that shocks me from the interviews I’ve already started: how young are my interviewees. I’m meeting with people who are working in high-ranking positions: University lecturers (with full time contracts, not like mine), qualified workers at the Institute of Statistics, Research Center’s managers or International Institution’s managers. They are all surprisingly young. It is not easy to meet a 35 y.o. person managing a Research Group in Spain. So, the person I was talking yesterday, does.

In future posts I will deep in interviews content, as they are resulting super interesting. But today, I prefer to focus in this age issue that attracted me. In my country we are used to see older people managing companies, research groups or work teams. People who, following their criteria, try to carry on their job in the best possible way (I’ll not talk about some sociopaths that I could, “luckily”, cross in my work life). What is interesting in comparison with our country is that we are not giving opportunities to young people to proof their skills. On the contrary, it seems that we make an effort to convince him/her that is useless and that he/she is prepared for nothing. Once convinced of that, it is much easier to make them accept precarious job conditions, as it is all what they can aspire being useless. It is much easier that they will enlarge their student career, as we convinced them that they need better qualifications, because with those they have, they are useless. Finally, we can sum up that we are living under a system in which we are preparing people to develop job that, later, we cannot offer them. We face a structural problem.

In Georgia I am finding the opposite. Young generations were born in a to-do-country, with older generations that were not prepared to carry on part of this transition. So, those young people who could have opportunities to study, once they got the necessary qualifications and knowledge, met the opportunity to put in practice what they learned. Of course, the transition from the soviet-model to free market one, and the process of occidentalisation of the country, helped to build new job possibilities that are being feed with young people. Yesterday, the director of the Social Studies Research Center I met, explained me that they are hosting M.A. and Doctoral courses in their place, and that “we are keeping the best students with us”. She mentioned that as if it was something absolutely normal. Cause it is. And it should be. Young students are prepared to be/do whatever they want, but we (there)are not able to provide them the opportunity to do it (we can hardly create them for us…), and we are dressing this situation with a (dangerous) discourse stating that young people are not prepared and they are worse and worse every generation.

I guess that this process of blossoming opportunities for young Georgians will finish someday. When most of the newly created work-places and opportunities will be covered, and new leading structures will be consolidated, they will face the problem we already know: they will have created the path for success, but they won’t be able to reach it, so they will have to enlarge the path… Being young and prepared in Tbilisi is, nowadays, a great business. Hope it will long-last.

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