Roman Belkin, a graduate of YuSU, was appointed director of the Department of Labor and Employment of Yugra.
In an interview Roman told us about his position, the competencies he had to go through, and shared his memories and impressions of his studies at the university.
- Roman, you have been recently appointed Director of the Yugra Department of Labor and Employment. Could you tell us about your new position?
- The position, like any other administrative position, is a responsible one. In addition to the Department, there are also 18 employment centers, which are located in every municipality of the Autonomous Okrug. That is about 400 people in total. In general, if we talk about the organization, it is a state authority that carries out the policy in the sphere of employment, regulates labor relations, issues related to labor migration and alternative civilian service, as well as collective labor disputes.
- Did you understand from the beginning of your career (or maybe your studies) what you wanted?
- I was a classic student, who thought that everything is easy. I understood exactly where I wanted to live, work and build a family in the future. That place was Khanty-Mansiysk. That was a crucial point for me. When I graduated from the third year I entered the Tyumen State University as a part-time student of state and municipal management. That was the time when I was able to say with confidence what I want.
- What are your memories and impressions of your studies?
- I always remember my student days with warmth and a smile. When you're 20 or 23 years old, you think you can do everything. You don't even think that something can or can't work out, something to be afraid of. You just walk through your life as a winner. I still keep in touch with my fellow students.
- What knowledge and skills learned at university were the most useful to you? And what skills were missing?
- Definitely, it was all about law, working with contracts, normative documents. All this has been useful since the beginning of my career. And, of course, such elementary things as good speech, business writing and spelling skills. When you come to work, you encounter real life. Here I would like to see more real negotiation skills, some tricks, some tips from experienced people. In addition to the fact that people share this with you, they also inspire you. Just recently we had a conference on youth employment, and young entrepreneurs spoke there. There was a young man who started a chain of coffee shops. He had a ninth-grade education, but he gave absolutely real and sensible advice, and inspired people to go into business. It's about the same story here, I wish that in my day someone would have come to me and talked to me like that.
- What would you wish for students who are graduating this year? What advice would you give for their further employment?
- First of all, I wish everyone to pass their exams successfully and to defend their diploma works and projects perfectly. Based on my own experience, I would recommend to students not to go headlong into the search for an ideal job. It is important to find a balance between what is desirable and what is real. The main thing is that the first job of a student who has just entered adulthood should be a kind of indicator of what he would like to do in the future, what attracts him to work, what things are important to him. But again, you shouldn't take the first job you see, you should make a conscious choice and not approach the question in the way that "I've got this job, and it's going to be forever". Try it, look at it, feel what's important to you and make the next step based on the new experience. Nowadays, universities help graduates to find jobs. There are specialized centers and much more attention is paid to internships. In this regard, the only advice is to try yourself in a real workplace and do not hesitate to contact our employment centers, we will definitely help you in finding a job.