The entrepreneurial spirit among the new generation is rather outside Sofia.
This is one of the interesting results in a survey of Junior Achievement in Bulgaria conducted among 365 young people between 16 and 25 years old. It outlined trends in tuning Generation Z (born after 1995) to their future work environment and was presented during the fifth career forum “Professions of the Future” to accompany this year’s JA Bulgaria Manager One Day Initiative.
1600 young people from the country participated in the two initiatives – 1180 young people were managers for one day in 60 municipalities in the country, and 400 young people participated in the fifth edition of the Career Forum, which also revealed the data of the survey, made immediately after last year’s edition of One Day Manager. 56% of the survey participants are under 18 and 41% are between 18 and 25, a very small percentage of respondents over 25.
Living in Sofia is more likely to work in the private sector and those in other cities to start their own businesses.
Living guys in Sofia are much more likely to want to work in a technology company.
Young people between the ages of 18 and 25 who live in Sofia with an estimated income of over 2000 levs are much more likely to want to work in a large international corporation.
Young people under 18 are much more likely to apply directly to a company or organization website, while those between 18 and 25 and from Sofia use social networks.
Living in a city with a population of fewer than 50,000 people are a little more likely not to want to work abroad, with those with an expected income of over 2000 BGN.
Those with an expected income of over BGN 2000 are much more likely to seek permanent employment abroad.
There are no significant differences in demographic groups, except that those with a desirable income of over 2000 levs are much more explicit in pointing out pay as a leading factor.
An interesting trend is that young people under the age of 18 have a much higher attitude towards longer stays with one employer than those between the ages of 18 and 25;
In the Profession of the Future forum, 15 large companies and inspirational speakers participated, speaking to over 400 young people from schools and universities in Sofia, Vratsa, Karlovo, Gabrovo, Plovdiv, Sredets and more.
With the start of the working day on November 7 in the capital and throughout the country began “One Day Manager”. Nearly 800 companies, institutions, and non-governmental organizations opened a total of 1479 positions in 2019, for which 2445 young people applied.
For some of the positions, there were several candidates, and others were left without applications by the young people, which proved that the program reflects the real situation on the labor market in Bulgaria.
The Managers’ Platform
Among the most coveted positions on the One-Day Manager platform, this year was the creative director of the Inter Expo Center, with 56 candidates, and the positions of CEO of HP Inc. and the Nestlé Talent Management Manager have recruited 41 candidates. There were mayors for one day in 32 municipalities. Read more about the CEO certification program on the BVOP.org website.
The total positions taken by the youth were 1180. The youngest managers for one day in 2019 were the 11 and 12-year-old sisters Asya and Simona Borisov, who respectively took a managerial position at Coca-Cola HBK and Dean of the Faculty of Economics at Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski” .
The day in Sofia ended with a solemn ceremony at the Junior Achievement Training and Youth Entrepreneurship space, JA Startup Hall in Sofia, a park where managers and their “alternates” shared their experiences and impressions of the initiative for the day.