One of the most important life decisions of primary and secondary school graduates in the Brčko District is in front of them – to choose a school, ie an profession they will pursue in their working career. When it comes to the need for professions with higher education, compared to the rest of the country, the demand for pharmaceutical technicians is interesting, which last year accounted for a third of new employees. Important information on market trends and the needs of employers was obtained on the basis of insight into the unemployment register in BD and the conducted Brčko District Labor Market Survey 2020/2021, which will be published soon. The activity was carried out with the technical support of the project “Improving Labor Market Research” funded by the European Union.
“We are encouraged by the fact that journalists, marketing managers, architects and doctors of medicine are in demand among the highly skilled workforce in 2021, which gives us reason to be optimistic that various industries are recovering from COVID-19 consequences and that young people have opportunities in such areas“, said Tamara Duvnjak-Mitrovic, director of the Brcko District Employment Institute. Among the required higher education professions are a civil engineer and a laboratory assistant.
According to her, colleagues from the Institute are the right address for high school graduates and their parents to get information on labor market trends. She invited them to contact counselors in the Institute for information about current situation in the labor market, which can certainly be significant in making the final decision.
Within this project, the Institute has implemented numerous activities, such as professional support in data collection as well as analysis and increasing the visibility of results. Also, the Institute continuously works on informing young people through career counselling and organizing employment fairs. By organizing visits to schools, online platforms, fairs and other forms of formal and informal information and career counseling, the Institute has built recognition as a key source of information in this process. However, the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the work with schools to be reduced in intensity, which puts young people in a more demanding task to inform themselves through all available sources.
The diversity of the offer requires young people to choose something that interests them, but that it is still a sought-after market profile. All information that can help high school graduates and their parents in choosing a profession, or further education, is available at www.zzzbrcko.org.