The largest career forum for Bulgarians educated abroad “Career in Bulgaria. Why not?”(
) will be held on September 12, 2013 at Inter Expo Center Sofia for sixth consecutive year. Registration for visitors with academic or professional experience abroad seeking employment in Bulgaria starts on May, 1 on the Labor Day. Organizers of the forum are association “Here and There” and “Identity of Bulgaria” foundation.
The annual forum “Career in Bulgaria. Why not?” meets Bulgarians who have studied or worked abroad with leading companies in Bulgaria, to learn more about the opportunities for career development here, to get acquainted with many other Bulgarians like them - studied and worked abroad who want to find the best place for work here in Bulgaria. In addition, the career forum presents interesting program of seminars, career counseling, company presentations and more for its visitors.
candidates have participated in the five editions of the forum, so far, where more than 150
leading companies in Bulgaria presented their activities with company presentations, seminars or at their company stands, and more than 30
leading managers shared their experience. In 2012 the event was held under the patronage of the President of Republic of Bulgaria - Rosen Plevneliev. During the opening of the forum, he called young Bulgarians from abroad “to take over their own country”.
Over 77% of the participants
in the forum in 2012 found an employer they like, and 94% of the presented companies found suitable candidates.
To the question, whether they will return to Bulgaria, 18% of the participants confirmed their conviction to return, 25% were still not shure about their final decision and only 1% of the vistors said that they do not intend to come back to Bulgaria.
According to the latest unofficial estimates 2,036,092 Bulgarians live abroad in 2011.
More and more Bulgarians return to Bulgaria, according to NSI data from the last population census conducted in 2011. In the perion 1980 -2011 233,463 people have changed their current address from abroad to Bulgaria. The number of citizens returning to Bulgaria is steadily increasing since 2006. 34% of the returning people are with higher education. According to the data reported in 2011 by the Association of Private Universities in Bulgaria - 80,000 Bulgarian students study abroad.
According to employers, young people educated abroad have practical knowledge, they are more adaptable to the changing environment, more purposeful, more quickly deal with problems and know more languages at a level close to native. Challenges in working with these candidates is that they are often not aware of the reality in Bulgaria and do not know the specifics of the market, have more confidence and greater demands for payment, more often change jobs. Some employers even express concern that many applicants coming from abroad have poor knowledge of written Bulgarian.
For more information, please contact:
FOR VISITORS/ CANDIDATES
Boyko Blagoev, Here and There
FOR EXHIBITORS / EMPLOYERS / SPONSORS / MEDIA
Temenuzhka Spirova, Identity of Bulgaria