People say that Hollywood is the only place where getting the job is more difficult than the job itself.
I say: "You've obviously never tried getting a job in Croatia."
There was a time when finding a job here was as easy as it is in more developed countries all over the world - if you have good credentials, if you're qualified and smart, and have a good interview, there are pretty good chances you'll get hired. And if you like the job, you can choose to have it for life.
Croatia is the purple on on this map of Europe.
In the past 15 or so years, finding a job in Croatia has been exactly like trying to book a leading role in a Hollywood blockbuster - so many years of pointless auditions, and then they cast the person who's the director's nephew or who slept with the producer.
It seems pointless.
And this, my friends, happens every single time.
Yeah, you're going to get an odd, part-time job, or a substitute job for a short period of time, but you're so easily replaced by anyone who's familially related to your boss, or one of your more prominent coworkers.
Yes, you could argue we should all go to other countries looking for work. But the catch 22 here would be that you have to have money to move to another country, and you have to have a job to earn that money...but if no one would hire you, you can't accumulate enough money to actually go anywhere, right?
How lovely would it be if you could get the job based on your merit, your competence and the desire to learn and improve?
That sounds amazing...and, sadly, like a fairy tale most young Croatians can only dream of.
What makes this even worse is the fact that being college educated - master's or doctorate levels - you're less likely to get a job, than if you've only finished high-school.
Because the state is obligated to pay higher educated people more + there are fewer jobs for college educated people than there are of grocery store cashiers, fast food workers, waiters or cleaning crews...
In a world where nepotism is running rampant in all private and public sectors, it's difficult, if not nearly impossible, to get the job you want, need, are qualified to do and would be an overall perfect fit for.
Croatia is a corrupt country, people do as they please and the law just stands idly by because they themselves are being payed to do so.
Croatians are considered very smart, well-educated, hardworking people, but our potential isn't valued here [college degree Croatians are more often than not either overqualified for most available jobs or just not hired], so many young people move out of their country so they could have a normal life somewhere else... Europe is full of Croatians, especially Ireland, Germany and Austria.
As one smart person once said: Croatians only fail in the homeland! ...and it's true...
I know that ending this MyTake on a positive note would be something amazingly 'inspiring' or easy to read, but, unfortunately, I can't do that.
My country is amazing, in my own mind, but the rude awakening of existing in a place like this is: the older you are, the more injustice you'll have to endure and the only way out is to get out.