Part-time student, full-time worker

Nur Kaplan

Ankara- Young people are also getting their share of the economic crisis in Turkey. Many young people studying at university have to work for a living. We talked about living conditions, future concerns, debt, unemployment, immigration and politics with young people who have given up their dreams due to financial problems or found themselves in the service sector when they could not find a job in the field from which they graduated.

‘I started with big dreams, my university life ended with debt’

Aidan Tekin, who has worked unsafely and unregistered in many areas of the service sector since the age of sixteen to not be a burden to his family, said he ended his university life, which he started with big dreams. A loan of 24 thousand lira. Tekin, who works 9 hours a day, 6 days a week in the apparel industry because he couldn’t find a job, says:
“I graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Languages, History and Geography, Department of Literature. First, I worked to alleviate my family’s financial burden and to survive in social life in areas such as waiting, sales consultancy, surveying. My university life, which I started with high hopes, ended in despair. After graduation, I started preparing for KPSS. Despite getting enough points, I could not be hired as millions of people entered and got stuck in interviews. ”

‘I have to go back to the service industry’

Explaining that he applied to a private school both for a living and to work in a job related to his profession, where he faced 5-10 years of experience and formation constraints, Tekin also talks about his days as a teacher for 800 lira.

“I have to go back to the service sector because I can’t find a job. I’m working in a place where I don’t feel like myself, to replace my broken phone that I’m using. And criticizes the country’s economic situation in the following words: “The wrong policy of this government forces me to say, ‘Fortunately, I have a job, I got one. This month’s salary, even though I work outside my field. When it comes to shaping the future of this country, the economy also affects my humanitarian relationship. The place to go before meeting my friends is more than food. Eat “I think, ‘How can I afford my travels?’

‘My dad came to visit, we went to the restaurant’

Hassan Katin, who is studying at Ankara University, works as a side worker to earn a living. Noting that he met his food needs by visiting various institutions, Katin said that his loan to KYK was 27,500 lira. Katin, who defines her student life as “a part-time student, full-time worker,” said:
“I am studying at the University of Ankara, Faculty of Political Science, Department of Finance. I live in KYK dormitory, in contrast to my dormitory school, I drive four times a day. Dormitory food has also increased. I pay an extra 10 lira per day to be full. I am working overtime. Last summer, I worked as a clerk, worked on construction, gave private lessons. I will also be working this summer, there is a soup shop for 125 lira per day, I plan to start there. My phone is invalid, I bought it for 800 lira, tax free. Our greatest luxury is to go and sit in Kurtulus. Also, my uncle came to visit, we went to a restaurant … “

‘I am credited with taking part in an action we can’t make a living’

With the epidemic making her life more difficult, Katin said she missed four classes this year because she didn’t have a computer. Katin continued, saying her student loan had been cut for three months because of her participation in the “we can’t” protest: “We who believe that people cannot express their opinions freely and problems cannot be solved, we dream. I’m going to Germany in September.

There is an inflation that has reached 70 percent with the lie of TUIK. Poverty limit is 16 thousand lira, hunger limit is 6 thousand lira. We are in multiple crises like epidemics, economic crises, political and refugee crises. I will not vote. I don’t think any team is successful. I do not believe that the victory of the opposition will solve any problem in the short term. We can only hear our voices in the streets. “

‘I can’t imagine myself doing my job’

Nilufer Cesar, who is studying nursing in Ankara, works part-time in a cafe for 600 lira. Noting that he was trying to survive with a variety of difficulties because his family’s income was not regular, Cesar said he chose the field he studied because he thought he would not be unemployed, but he was worried because he witnessed a health transition. Recently workers in the country. Cesar, who wanted to move to a country where his equivalent was considered legitimate because he had experienced violence during his internship experience, continued: “I am studying nursing at Gulhan Health Sciences University. I am financially dependent on my family, but I can’t ask them for extra money for long, they are not in position. Although I studied in the health department, I am worried about the future. Even during my internship, I was a victim of violence. I’m worried. They do not understand how futuristic we are. We are in the stage of ‘let’s find a job’ leaving our own field aside. I can’t imagine myself doing my job … “

‘Even buying a book and going to the classroom’

“Young people think they are not affected by the economy,” said Cesar, adding that he had to allocate a special budget when buying a new book, and that he ate only to meet his vital needs: “Even buying a book and going to a classroom Things happen. I’m preparing for KPSS, I’m wondering if I should buy a new book or PDF. Economy directly affects us. We eat all the time. Not that we can’t live without it. I don’t have any friends with expensive phones. Generation Z won’t vote for them, they will leave. “

‘I cover my dreams, like I cover the products in the market’

After graduating from Ankara University, Janep Dogan had to return to her family’s home because she could not find work on her farm. He works 9 hours a week, 6 days a week with a minimum wage Mentioning five people living in a 1 + 1 house, Dogan said his family lost both their jobs and their homes during the Antalya fire.

‘Generation Z ended up against them’

Kanan Kilik, a graduate of the Department of Chemistry at Ankara University, says he works in a clothing store and sees what he has been doing for four years as an alternative to his future because he faces various difficulties in finding a job. His field Kılıç said, “I started working in a 2nd class shop to alleviate my family’s financial difficulties. I have been working here for four years. This government, which has not changed since my birth, has left our future, not only without a future, in a stalemate. They have brought an end to the Z generation against them, “he said.

* The names of young people have been changed at their own request, describing the difficulties of their lives.

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