Two months ago, on 13 June, My Career Centre opened in Moscow aiming to help unemployed Muscovites find a job. It specialises in applicants with special needs, such as older people, young people, parents with many children, low-income families, women on maternity leave or people with disabilities.
The Centre's advisers help to write a CV, look for vacancies, and give advice on the choice and development of new specialties and career growth. There is also a psychological assistance centre, where citizens who have found themselves in a difficult situation can get advice.
My Career Centre has already helped many Muscovites find a job. Mos.ru talked to one of them, Yelena Koroban. 58 years old, Yelena had been an English teacher for a long time, but circumstances forced her to look for a new job. Now she is the Tretyakov Gallery's attendant.
Yelena Koroban: My Career Centre manager contacted me
Until this April, I worked as an English teacher at school. But with an arrival of a young, more promising teacher, and taking into account my retirement age, I was asked to leave.
I posted my CV on one of the job search websites, and the manager of My Career Centre contacted me and said that he would help me to find a job. I applied for the position of a Museum attendant, as I love museums very much. Usually such vacancies are rare, but I was lucky, as the Tretyakov Gallery was employing a large number of attendants to work in their another building (former Central House of Artists).
So, my cooperation with My Career Centre was short, but efficient. They registered me, we had a conversation, they asked about my preferences and competencies. Soon I had a job interview in the Tretyakov Gallery and further employed. My Career Centre acted as a mediator between me and the employer. As far as I understand, Tretyakov Gallery asked the Centre to assist in finding museum attendants.
I've been working at the Gallery since mid-June. My principal duty is to make sure visitors don't damage the paintings. They should not approach the artworks closer than 50 cm. Also, they are not allowed to drink or eat in the halls. In case of a fire or other emergency, we must immediately open emergency exits and arrange for escape. When I started working, I was briefed several times, on safety, interaction with visitors, and our direct duties.
To work as an attendant is not physically easy. First, you have to walk a lot. Second, there are drafts to maintain a certain temperature for paintings. There are also 13-hour working days when the Tretyakov Gallery is open until 09:00 pm. But a teacher's work is more difficult psychologically. Constant monitoring of children is exhausting. And when you come home, you sit down to correct exercise-books and prepare for tomorrow's lessons, looking for interesting materials online. However, a long summer vacation partly compensates for it.
When you are retired, it is better to work as an attendant, that is for sure. It is less labour-intensive, and there is no such load like there is at school. I'm happy with my new job. The team is very nice, people are responsive, they always help to resolve some issues.
Employment system's upgrade
In 2019 upgrade of the Moscow employment system launched. Moscow abandons outdated approaches to employment in favour of individualized work with every applicant. To do this, a new infrastructure model has been created, which includes three main elements: employment service, flagship My Work centres and My Career specialised centre.
District employment departments provide basic services: assign an unemployed status and pay unemployment benefits, help to write a CV, search for jobs in the database.
Administrative procedures have become much easier now. Previously, applicants were required to fill in 24 different forms and put 47 signatures, it used to take at least 50 minutes to register the documents, and the conversation with an applicant lasted only five to seven minutes. Today, things are different. The number of signatures and documents have been reduced to 11, and the time of their registration is some 30 minutes now. Due to this, employees have time to properly talk with applicants.
47 employment departments have already moved to My Documents offices. As a result, Muscovites started to seek services more often. The number of consultations provided by public service centres has quadrupled.
The opening of My Work flagship centre and My Career specialised centre has become the next step in the employment service upgrading. Flagship centre’s employees are focused on solving problems of each particular applicant. Also, they implement new forms of employment service operation, for example, they conduct large-scale and individual personnel selection at the request of employers, arrangement of training and practicing.