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Despite the solid offer, we had no queues outside our office for interviews. We advertised the positions in many different ways. Our recruiters visited several universities as part of an effort to entice students. We also coached them about the trends within the industry that this company operates. We expected students to jump at the opportunity, but few expressed interest.

One student asked: “Why would we want to go somewhere else to work if local employers want to hire us already, even without a completed degree?” He added: “The best students can change their jobs every half-year. As soon as they accept a job, competitors approach them with a better offer. But if you have a job abroad, you have to pay high taxes.”

It has been six months since the global economic crisis struck, battering the banking and financial sectors, freezing construction and depressing Ukraine’s real estate market. Layoffs are piling up across all sectors of the economy. Not surprisingly, Ukraine’s job market is affected. It has reversed from an employee-driven job market to an employers’ market.

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