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28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.

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Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.

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Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.

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Ukraine Today

Hire Me! Looking for a Job in Kyiv

Graduation season is coming up and Kyivs graduating hordes will be entering the job market. Natalia Marianchyk has some advice for them.
Since the beginning of the year my good friend Lilia has been facing the job-search issue here in Kyiv. Lilia, a 22-year-old university graduate, had some prior PR experience with a leading global advertising company so she had a nice base from which to start her career. But looking for a job was no fun.


She told me stories about how crazy most of the people interviewing her at big companies seemed to her to be. She came to the conclusion that most companies are just looking for young people without much experience whom they can mold into the sorts of employees they want. For example, last month a big international consulting company organised a massive seminar for young people who wanted to join the firm. The main thing they taught, it seemed, was that you had to forget everything you knew and learned in school and spend a long time refilling your head with the way the company does things. You also had to get ready to earn very little money. And so it seems to go at most corporations. Lilia also in- terviewed for a PR manager position with the telecommunications company Telenor, where she was asked, Are you ready to sit here in the evenings and ignore your private life for the sake of our brand? Lilia loves to work, but this was too much. So if you are young and want to join a big brand-name company you have to realise that youre selling yourself lock, stock, and barrel, and that for a while most of your life energy will go to building up the companys reputation as much as you can. On the other hand, youll be paid well in a big private corporation. Lilia found a lot of jobs in government or cultural structures in which youre paid something like $300 a month, and everybody still has a piece of you. Some of these old institutions, like the regional councils in Kyiv, dont even have Internet access. The only hope here of getting ahead is taking bribes. Then Lilia decided to find a part-time job to work while she decided whether shes ready to give her all to a company. The optimal way here is to find a project that lasts for a couple of weeks you get paid for the services you render, not for your time. Here we encounter the endless debate between those who sell their time and those who sell their skills. In the Internet age there are a lot more chances to work part-time and freelance, and a whole culture of people who work that way has developed. People stay at home and decide when they want to work

 Do something interesting, not for the salary, and maybe think about whether its a job that gives something back to society

 and what work they want to do. Of course, there are minuses as well, because you cant really count on tomorrow and you may not find something interesting for a while. Theres a lot of downtime. Another thing is that work at home can be enervating. Working and sleeping in the same place can be a problem. But youre your own person.

 The Smoking Business
At the end of the March I attended Career Day at Sports Palace, where there were lot of resources for students and recent graduates. There were some good opportunities on display. British American Tobacco, for example, offers a very attractive two-year post-graduate programme called We Challenge You in which you can learn about the companys business, develop your leadership skills, work with real professionals, and earn a small salary. If you prove yourself during these two years youre given a managers position. Coca-Cola has a similar sort of deal. Most big companies, in fact, are interested in energetic young people who have an abiding belief in the companys brand. There are lots of chances out there for students with degrees in economics. The booming Ukrainian credit market needs specialists and cant hire enough of them, so that field is a good one in which to look for work. ProCreditBank, PUMB, and Nadra are particularly ready to educate interested graduates. My friend Yana, a very talented economics student at Taras Shevchenko University, went to work after graduation at a big auditing firm. Theres lots of gossip that when you work in that industry youll do totally different stuff than you learned to do in school. Yana, my friend was jokingly told, be ready not to sleep at night and to travel all over Ukraine collecting information to blackmail people with. On the other hand, Yana really wants to build herself a career as an economist, so this sort of experience might be invaluable for her. Good practical jobs in this area are available at Ernst & Young, KPMG, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and the like. It sometimes happens in the big auditing, financial, advertising, and PR companies that they pay interning students only for projects that turn out to be financially successful. If the project fails, too bad at least youve gained experience. This indentured servitude system migrated here from the West. Recruiters from big companies visit universities and announce moneyaward contests. Then they use the eager young contestants to the extent that they can.

 Where to Find the Dough
Before starting any such programme, graduates have to figure out whether they really want to spend a year or two in a company and then end up being able to work only there, having isolated themselves from other job opportunities. Whom does the employment market need? Well, Ukraine today has very few builders, sewer workers, cleaners, and other people who work in the consumer sector. In good companies you can get well-paid in these areas, no less than if you were in ad sales or some managerial capacity. But no one wants to work at these jobs its a psychological thing. The publishing industry also needs people. The best-paid workers today are IT-specialists who have mastered Java, Windows Forms, JSP, C, J2EE, HTML, and other stuff. Graduates of the Kyiv Polytechnic University will always find a job, and could average about $1,300 per month. Management is another high-paying profession. Youll need to be deeply versed in law, marketing, management, and budgeting, and be creative and know a couple of foreign languages. The tendency in Ukraine is still such, however, that big companies are still importing managers from abroad, including Russia. They average around $1200. The third best-paid job is being a department head. Youll need to have similar skills, but many such workers are grown locally. They get around $1000. Marketing and PR specialists are also in demand in Kyiv. Every big company has a strong marketing department. They need to have media experience, financial and advertising skills, foreign language knowledge, and so on, and average about $800 a month. The fifth best-paid professions are those of HR specialists and the business trainers. Here were talking an average salary of about $700. Advertising and PR seem to be the hip fields for young Kyivans now, since they offer good salaries and provide a lot of useful experience. On the other hand, the main thing young people should keep in mind while they search for a job, even if they did graduate with an honours diploma (which are mostly bought in Kyiv by the parents of spoiled kids and dont have anything to do with academic excellence), is that they should do what they want, and not whats trendy and well-paid. Do something interesting, not for the salary, and maybe think about whether its a job that gives something back to society. Then youll always be well-paid, in the sense that youll be emotionally satisfied.

 Natalia Marianchyk


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need a hostess in kiev in oct 9-12, 2012 | 19.09.2012 18:51

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    Ukraine Truth
    Rights We Didnt Know We Had

    Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.


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    Pulling Strings
    Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.

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