A survey showed that young Albanians who study and graduate abroad are the least willing to return to their own country.
The analysis, in fact, carried out with students and graduates in the main universities of Central Europe, showed that for the Albanians there is more interest in working abroad rather than doing it in their country:
"Young people in Albania would be happy to look for job opportunities abroad. This is completely understandable, because Albania is a relatively small country with limited centers of economic and industrial development. " - we read in survey carried out by Deloitte, a company that provides services and consultancy.
The percentage of Albanian students (around 94%) who prefer abroad compared to their native country, is considerably higher than in Serbia and Kosovo - the other two Western Balkan countries analyzed in the survey - and about 12 more percentage points compared to the most recent EU member, Croatia (81,5%).
Youth unemployment has officially fallen to 25%, compared to the 34% of the 2014, but the new migration wave and the expansion of sectors such as call center , where good command of English and negotiation skills are required, have been indicated as the main factors in the decline of the Albanian youth workforce. Furthermore, the Albanian universities in the last decade have produced too many lawyers and professionals of economics at a time when the local market had more than anything else the need for 'professional training professionals'.
The need for a new approach
The Deloitte company shows that a large number of respondents believe that the labor market in Albania is very weak or modestly weak. And that it requires a change in the mindset of business leaders to converge in a new way of thinking and developing the market, the working environment and professional development policies.
"There should be greater alignment between universities and businesses to prevent the brain drain. Organizations like the American Chamber can play an important role in bridging this gap. " - said Lauren Bohatka, the executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Albania.
Examining the first steps in the labor market in some emerging economies of Central, Eastern and Northern Europe, Deloitte's survey showed that Albanian students and graduates choose to invest time in volunteering and seasonal work while waiting to find a job in the sector of their field of study.
Furthermore, a strong focus on investing in the professional and personal development of employees is considered vital.
"This clearly suggests that Albanian companies should focus more on providing their young employees with vocational training opportunities; thus bridging the gap that young people have once entered the labor market. " - observed the study, after one third of the young people interviewed said they felt little prepared for their future professional duties.
This article was originally published in the Tirana Times entitled "Albanian students at home, survey shows" . The survey was published by Deloitte with the title "First Steps into the Labor Market. International survey of students and graduates " . Download the report in PDF
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