GABRIELA MATEESCU

ANASTASIA MANOLE

GRADUATED

installation

2013

exhibition Shift 1, Shift 2 and Night shift at Platforma Space, Bucharest

 

This work captures my earliest interests in the Romanian education system. This interest came as a result of my own experience.

After finishing my high school, I wanted so much to go to art school in Bucharest, but I knew I would not get a financed place and my parents said they will not pay, so I applied at 4 or 5 faculties in my small home town, that had nothing to do with my interest, as all my generation of friends and schoolmates, and finally decided to go to Philosophy. It sounded less stressing then Economics or Law. In my first days I realized that  no one applied just to that particular department. After I finished and my parents saw how much I suffered that I didn`t studied art they decided they will pay for my Art school, but if I go on with my Master in Philosophy because is a shame to not finish it. So I entered at the University of Arts in Bucharest. After my first year I had grades high enough to pass to a financed position, but I couldn`t do it anymore, because I had already studies. And the same was available for my Master. So since I gave in to my parents pressure I payed my 5 years of art school, just because it was such a big embarrassment for them that I would not have a Diploma. My ex colleagues finished also Master and the lucky ones (2 or 3) got jobs as teachers in small villages outside the town, but most of them got jobs in sales.

 

After the 90's, when the West's gates were opened in front of us and we were told that we were an illiterate country, we decided it was time for everyone to have free access to higher education without admission examinations. The level of education should be raised, and it has been 20 years since high school or diplomas factories produce more specialized people than the labor market needs. The disgrace of not having a university degree had installed gradually, at the same time causing the closing of vocational schools. However, job fairs offers are dedicated to people without higher education, locksmiths, electricians, chefs, waiters, cleaning. But the "honor" of owning a high education diploma makes tens of thousands of young people lose 3 or 5 years preparing for jobs that do not exist, often working in areas that do not require or capitalize their training.

 

This research was conducted for and exhibition that talked about the work field. I contacted some of my friends and acquaintances that finished a faculty and after, they engaged in other jobs and retrained to correspond to the new requirements.

They loaned me their original diplomas, I made a picture at their current work place and asked them to answer a questionnaire.

 

 

Mădălina Chirea - make-up artist and nail designer

Graduated: Law

 

1. What made you choose this faculty?

I wanted to become a notary at the time.

2. Why are not you engaged in the field?

I am not engaged in the field due to major shortcomings in the legal system, which do not offer opportunities to practice according to the number of licensed students.

3. If you had the opportunity now to work in the field, would you do it?

I do not know, meanwhile my goals have changed.

4. What stayed with you after college?

I do not regret doing this faculty because I have acquired legal knowledge that will certainly help me, at least in my everyday life, and has enriched my general culture.

 

Laura Stana - call center operator

Graduated: Chemistry

 

1. What made you choose this faculty?

The teachers I had in high school and my father.

2. Why are not you engaged in the field?

Because at that moment I was offered a half-time job, I did not have any other income, and the salary was a lot under what I needed to keep up.

3. If you had the opportunity now to work in the field, would you do it?

Yes, for a job where respect has its place.

4. What`s left for you after all the college years?

Colleagues that I still am talking to. From the point of view of knowledge only with the basis.

 

Teică Cătălin Ovidiu - actuary

Graduated: Electromechanics

He enrolled in a private faculty of Law after he started working full time

 

1. What made you choose this faculty?

I wanted to become an engineer.

2. Why are not you engaged in the field?

They were not any jobs in my field.

3. If you had the opportunity now  to work in the field, would you do it?

No, because I am badly payed as an engineer

4. What stayed with you after college?

Very little knowledge, none of the teachers have humped to teach us more.

 

 

Costea Minodora - sales advisor

Graduated: Romanian - English

 

1. What made you choose this faculty?

The desire to learn 2 foreign languages.

2. Why are not you engaged in the field?

Because there are not any available jobs in this field, and the ones that are, only people with connections

3. If you had the opportunity now to work in the field, would you do it?

Now I would not work anymore, because it does not satisfy me financially. Plus during time I realized I enjoy what I do now, the sales department.

4. What stayed with you after college?

I perfected my English, I met new people, new experiences and changed my way of thinking.

 

 

 

 

Nicoliță Dinu Marius - owns his auto parts shop

Graduated: Philosophy - my colleague

 

1. What made you choose this faculty?

I liked Philosophy in high school.

2. Why are not you engaged in the field?

The lack of jobs and the few that are, are badly payed.

3. If you had the opportunity now  to work in the field, would you do it?

No.

4. What stayed with you after college?

Vague informations.

 

 

 

 

Stancu Ciprian - sales representative

Graduated: Philosophy - my colleague

 

1. What made you choose this faculty?

Out of passion. In high school I read a lot, and the faculty of Philosophy came as a natural continuation of studies

to me

2. Why are not you engaged in the field?

I did not have any other options. The only plausible possibility was to become a teacher, but the material conditions in this domain did not convince me.

3. If you had the opportunity now  to work in the field, would you do it?

No, it does not seem to be a conveyable option for me.

4. What stayed with you after college?

Various  informations from philosophy, that I tried to appropriate and apply on a daily basis.

 

 

 

 

 

Chifu Gabriel - head vocal in various rock bands, ocasionally singing at weddings

Graduated: Physics

 

1. What made you choose this faculty?

The passion and curiosity to know what happens around us and the laws that govern the universe.

2. Why are not you engaged in the field?

Because is badly payed. However interesting the domain may be, it does not arise the passion and emotion of the music.

3. If you had the opportunity now  to work in the field, would you do it?

No, because I have music that i have to promote internationally and that is way harder then a inclined plane mechanical problem.

4. What stayed with you after college?

Enough informations that can help me process and assimilate new discoveries in the fields that interest me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rădulescu Claudia - pharmacist assistant

Graduated: French

 

1. What made you choose this faculty?

My mother was a French professor. I always wanted to be like her and to do what she does, to work with kids and to teach.

2. Why are not you engaged in the field?

Because the education system does not offer me a safe teaching job, and with that salary I could only pay my rent maybe.

3. If you had the opportunity now  to work in the field, would you do it?

I would get a job as a professor if the students would show the same respect that I did for my professors when I was a student and if the salary would help me not just to survive.

4. What stayed with you after college?

i know pretty good French..