Nowadays it is said that in Poland studies don’t give you anything. No matter if you graduate or not, it is still hard to find a well-paid and appealing job. Many young graduates are unemployed or they don’t work in their major. This situation happened to Mateusz.
Mateusz studied at Warsaw University of Technology. He was a great student and used to be flattered by his lecturers. They kept saying “Mateusz, the world is your oyster”. He got an Architectural Engineering Degree without any problem. He expected that he would find a good job really quickly. However, it turned out to be different. Despite the fact that Mateusz kept looking for a job, he couldn’t find a good one. Many companies found him a bad candidate for their positions, the others offered him unacceptable terms of work. These things caused that he decided to move abroad. He said “It was a really hard decision because I had lived in Poland for 25 years. However, I couldn’t stand the lack of opportunities for young people. That’s why I made up my mind to go to the United States”. In The USA Mateusz started his new life. Although at first it was quite weird for him to live in another country, he got accustomed to it really quickly. No sooner had he got a job than he got promoted. His employers were amazed by his achievements and abilities. Mateusz took out a loan and bought a flat. He found a girlfriend and his life finally settled down.
As he added “I am really happy that I managed to be out of the woods. Of course I really miss my family but for now there is no point in returning to Poland.”
(by Rafal Wilk)
This is the story about a man who is an immigrant.
His name is Alex Ziarkowski. He spent his childhood in the small village called Chrzaszczew near Biała Rawska. After graduation he made an important decision.
It all started in the 1980s. Alex and three of his friends decided to go to Australia secretly, without informing their parents. His friends were from Silesia region and they worked as miners. In the 1980s they needed miners in Australia. But they had a problem because at that time in Poland there was communism and here there weren’t any flights to Australia, so they went on a school trip to Austria. Next, they flew from Austria to Australia. Alex’s parents weren’t happy with this reason but they kept in touch.
Three months later Alex realized that it wasn’t for
him and he started looking for a new job. It wasn’t as easy as he had thought. The main problem was a language barrier but luck was with him. He met another immigrant from Poland. That man offered him a job which was related to plumbing. He was a common worker. For a few years he practised his English language. It was finally time to open up his own business. He imported hydraulic parts from China and he opened his own wholesalers.
When everything was stabilized he met a woman
of his life. After a few years he had two children: a boy and girl. Now his son lives in Australia but his daughter has come back to Poland to study.
Alex isn’t going to come back to Poland but he often visits his parents.
(by Michal Zawislak)
One week ago I met my friend from Armenia and she told me the story of her aunt Hasmik. She is an immigrant and now she lives in Poland with her husband and two children: Irina (15 years old) and Edmon (2 years old). So, I’ll start from the beginning.
In 1988 in Armenia, which was part of the USSR, a war broke out. They were fighting against Azerbaijan. Because of the war there appeared the economic crisis. At that time Hasmik, who graduated from College of Economics, ran a shop together with her husband. She lived together with 11 members of her family. What’s more, there was a tradition that a man earned money for the whole family so only her husband and brother could work. It was hard to get enough money and the crisis made it worse. Her husband decided to migrate to Poland. He wanted to earn more money so that he could make ends meet. After some time Hasmik and her children decided to join her husband.
Now they are happy with their choices from the past. In Poland, unlike in Armenia, there is democracy. They can express their opinions openly. They work in trade in Warsaw. Their daughter feels more Polish than Armenian. She speaks Spanish, French, English and Polish fluently. She is planning to study law, medicine or languages.
They visit their country but they don’t want to come back. Despite this fact, they try to follow Armenian traditions. They cook like Armenians and celebrate important days of Armenia. They also have a lot of friends not only from their homeland but from Poland too.
(by Natalia Andziak)