Petya and Alexandra are twin sisters from Sofia. After graduating from the Law Faculty of Sofia University, theyregistered with the labour office and were approved for a traineeship at the public administration under the Career Start Programme. During their studies, they were interested in international law. That is why they were happy to start work at the EU Affairs and International Cooperation Directorate of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. During the 9-month traineeship, they gained valuable practical experience and expanded their knowledge on European affairs. After the traineeship, Petya and Alexandra started work on permanent contracts at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.

Veselin Tsvetkov is from the town of Vratsa; he graduated from the Economics University in the city of Varna, majoring in Finance. The young man is active in sports and dreams of his professional realisation in Bulgaria. He registered with the labour office in Vratsa. Within the Youth Guarantee initiative, the labour mediator at the labour office offered to Veselin a number of training and employment opportunities. One month after registering with the labour office, Veselin received a proposal to start working as a “business consultant” at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Vratsa under the “Youth Employment” operation. The young man loves the dynamic in life and wanted to prove himself as a person. The nine-month traineeship in a real- working environment proved to be highly effective as an approach in his case. He completed successfully a training course on managing EU projects and programmes during his traineeship at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Vratsa. Veselin Tsvetkov is one of the most active participants in the campaign “Get to know Europe but come back to Vratsa!” of the Europe Centre.

Zinaida Karagyozova is a young mother from Plovdiv, 26 years old. She has completed her secondary education at the Naiden Gerov Secondary School – Plovdiv. It was very important for her to start work because she was looking after her child alone. After registering with the labour office in Plovdiv, Zinaida was enrolled in a Job Search Workshop. At the workshopshe acquired skills to prepare job application documents, to present to an employer, etc. . The labour mediator offered to Zinaida work as a kitchen assistant at a catering company. She was hired and her employer was pleased with her work. She was happy with her new job and was able to take care of her child without any concerns.

Melis Sedat Hyusunyu is 21 years old from the town of Isperih. She has completed her secondary education at the Vassil Levski High School in her hometown. She has registered as unemployed with the labour office in Isperih and has been informed by her labour mediator about the opportunities provided to young people under the Youth Guarantee initiative. Melis chose to participate in the Youth Employment operation and started worki as a shop assistant in a grocery store. She feels satisfied with her work and is pleased with the opportunity offered by the labour office.

Ivelina Borissova is a young woman from the town of Montana. She has completed secondary education. Upon her registration with the labour office, the labour mediator informed her about the Youth Guarantee and advised her on her professional development. Ivelina was introduced to various employment opportunities tailored to her needs. She was hired as a childminder at a nursery in Montana. Ivelina loves the work with the children and thinks she has found her vocation.

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Petya and Alexandra – Sofia

Veselin Tsvetkov – Vratza

Zinaida Karagyozova – Plovdiv

Melis Sedat Hyusunyu – Isperih

Ivelina Borissova – Montana