Life of Russian girls step by step. Part I: StudiesAuthor: Elena Ivanova
The happiest time of youth of an ordinary Russian girl is studying at the university. It is the time of bright heartthrobs, night discos, students’ parties – studying is usually not on the first place in the list of priorities then. Though almost all Russian girls have higher education, 5 years after the graduation only 10% of them work within their specialty.
Why then Russian girls spend 4 or 5 years studying at the university, if in future their education is not needed for a job? First of all, higher education for Russian girls is a tradition. It is widely thought that a clever woman must have a degree. There are no vacant state-funded places left even on historical and philological department, after which Russian girls can work only as teachers at school (who earn only 300 euro a month). Since 2009 universities of Russia accept students in accordance with results of school tests, so called Unified State Exam. The less prestigious university is – the more chances Russian girls have to enter it. Not many families can afford paid education – for example, a future management specialist is to pay for his studies 7000 euro a year in the prestigious Moscow State University.
Studies in Russia are concentrated in regional centers. For example, there are 311 universities in Moscow, 113 – in St Petersburg, 58 - in Nizhniy Novgorod region, 28 – in the small Yaroslavl region. Russian girls usually strive for becoming economists (a minimal salary of an economist is 400 Euro, an average – 1000 Euro). Also many students choose a profession in the sphere of advertising and PR. A good specialist in this sphere may expect a salary 1000 euro a month. And the last couple of years Russian girls try their hands at the profession of an IT specialist or a programmer which are traditionally for men. Many students of this specialty find a job while studying. After the graduation those who have a diploma of an IT specialist may get a salary 700 euro a month even without any work experience. The most successful programmers earn 2000-2500 euro a month.