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Improve Yourself: Funded by USAID and Chevron Nebitgaz Junior Achievement programs helped the 26-year-old alumna to get a job

Shemshat Yoldasheva (right) mentors JATm alumni during the 2012 JA Job Shadow program (Photo: Junior Achievement)

Shemshat Yoldasheva (right) mentors JATm alumni during the 2012 JA Job Shadow program (Photo: Junior Achievement)

Junior Achievement (JA) programs in Turkmenistan, funded by USAID and Chevron Nebitgaz, are dedicated to helping young people develop the skills and knowledge necessary for them to succeed in the modern labor market.

26-year-old Shemshat Yoldasheva graduated from the National Tourism and Sport Institute of Turkmenistan two years ago. During her last year of school, she had doubts about what to do next professionally. Despite the fact that having a higher education is a significant advantage for young job-seekers, she understood clearly that she would need to continue to improve herself and find an additional source of knowledge beyond regular academic study.

Shemshat familiarized herself with the Junior Achievement Passport to the World program, a program that broadened and improved her knowledge of tourism. She was so impressed that she decided to pursue a career in the tourism and hospitality industry.

Shemshat took part in Junior Achievement programs in Economics, Student Company, Travel and Tourism, and Turkmenistan Tourism and Hospitality. Each program she studied filled her with self-confidence. She joined the JA Programs Alumni Club and energetically assisted project staff. She recently hosted two  new JA programs’ alumni during the JA Job Shadow Program.

Shemshat works at the Ak Altyn Plaza Hotel, one of prestigious Ashgabat hotels, as a commercial agent. She believes that this is a start of a brilliant career and thanks Junior Achievement for everything it did for her personally and for what it does for all Turkmen youth.