Just turned 20 and ready to get to work? Not quite, in Goa
The summer vacations are here, many young Goans are passing out or in the final year. But as they step into adult hood and independence, do they start earning on their own like their counterparts in other metros
Jobs, jobs, jobs, where are the jobs, is the chant of many in Goa. But while the path to jobs is either sought through the government (including in institutions like Uiversities) or through quotas for Goans in the private sector, many which run placement services, or companies which employ young professionals feel that very few young Goans, are aiming for summer jobs, or getting trained on the job to prepare them for a future career
Rajaram Sarang of Shubhan Consultancy Services was categorical when he said that in Goa, young students seldom look for work. He said “Parents in Goa are very protective and not keen on sending their children out. They feel their money is enough to keep their children happy”. It is very different in Mumbai and other big cities where life is fast and people learn to adjust and adapt very fast. The state of affairs in Goa is not something to crow about”. According to him perhaps 5 % of the students could be working and this could be forced by their poor financial situation at home. Muzawar of Sahil placements smiled when asked if he had young college students coming over looking for work during the summer vacations or for that matter full time jobs. He said most of the people in the state had money and it was not part of their psyche to make their children work while they were studying. One had to also understand that opportunities for jobs were not plenty in Goa unlike in the big cities. Working while studying would be considered normal in Mumbai but here, eyebrows would be raised in what is still a very tightly knit society. Harprit Singh of Goa Jobs Junction said the young take a much longer time to leave the nest, as it were Speaking to young people was a revelation. For someone like Nicole Maciel who is a student as well as a local popular compere, said it was sad that people like her were more the exception than the rule. Nicole said “I know a lot of students around me who don’t work even when they have time to do so. Even during the summer vacations, they will just sit around. I host and I have been doing this for a while and I intend to take this further”. She said another problem was people wanted huge salaries for jobs that just could not pay so much. So, they will not work and prefer to stay at home. Parents, she said were very protective and were not willing to get tough which did not help matters. Roshan Roy a student in Delhi and is a musician but visit Goa to meet family and do shows said “Many of the students don’t know what they want and don’t really know how to manage time. It is about managing time, something which is alien to a lot of people here”. On the flip side, Goa is likely to change in this aspect as the connect with the rest of the country is also intense. Co working space like 91 Springboard has brought to Goa very young professionals, many straight out of college to set up businesses or work in start ups. They then meet young Goans either professionally or otherwise. It’s obvious that some of these influences will rub off. Alisha Fernandes who is now working and is an ex-student of Xavier’s college who feels the pressure on the students these days is quite intense with all the assignments given in college. Internships are now compulsory in the professional courses and so students were gaining an idea as to what one could expect in the professional world. It was happening and many students were benefiting. Nolan Lobo a student and photographer, videographer and designer commented wisely “Perhaps the Goan student ought to ask what does he or she really want to do”. The answer to this lies somewhere in between, opportunities Goa can provide and the extra mile the Goan student is willing to walk
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