The Prilike programme has helped Igor decide what he wants to do in life

A secondary school graduate from Bar is participating in a programme that offers teenagers training and support in choosing their future profession

Milica Bogdanović
A boy with a mask is working on computer.
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2021
06 August 2021

PODGORICA, 14 July 2021 – Igor Martinic is an eighteen-year-old from Bar. He is one of 86,000 adolescents in Montenegro facing a decision on their future occupation and employment.

He has always loved working in tourism. As a student of the Economics and Catering Secondary School, he had internships in restaurants in his hometown. This summer, thanks to the “Prilike” (“Opportunities”) programme implemented by ADP Zid, with the support of UNICEF and the financial support of the TUI Care Foundation, he got the chance to get practical training in the tourist industry and to get acquainted with working directly with tourists.

A boy with a mask is working on computer.
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2021

It’s the summer vacation, and I have no particular obligations, so I decided to use this time to gain some work experience that will help me get to know what it is like to work in a travel agency better and decide whether I want to pursue this career path.

Igor Martinic, an eighteen-year-old from Bar

The “Prilike” programme aims to help young people in Montenegro to try their hand at jobs that interest them or to gain practical experience that will help them choose a future profession.

Igor has become acquainted with various aspects of working with tourists in the travel agency – from administrative work to welcoming guests, organizing and guiding excursions.

What I like the most about this job is its dynamics – we are constantly on the move. However, I like the demanding clients the least.

Igor Martinic, an eighteen-year-old from Bar

Apart from the internship in the secondary vocational school he attended, this graduate has not had a similar experience so far, because adolescents in Montenegro are rarely offered practical training during their schooling, which is something that would help them check whether they see themselves in selected occupations. A 2020 report on the rapid assessment of the social impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in Montenegro showed that 75% of adolescents and young people are concerned about facing significant challenges related to finding a job.

This programme has encouraged me to think about the future and to realize that tourism is an industry in which I will continue to work. I would like all my peers to have this opportunity and to gain work experience in the best companies.

Igor Martinic, an eighteen-year-old from Bar

Danica Kazanegra Gregovic, the director of travel agency, part of the TUI network in Montenegro, believes that this is a useful opportunity for young people to get better acquainted with working in tourism and to gain new knowledge.

Danica Kazanegra Gregovic, the director of Gulliver Montenegro travel agency
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2021
Danica Kazanegra Gregovic, the director of Gulliver Montenegro travel agency , believes that this is a useful opportunity for young people to get better acquainted with working in tourism and to gain new knowledge, in Bar, in July, 2021.

Through this and similar programmes, we have the opportunity to perceive the interests and affinities of adolescents and young people and to encourage them to become our colleagues one day.

Danica Kazanegra Gregovic, the director of Gulliver Montenegro travel agency

UNICEF’s programme “Prilike” offers teenagers from Montenegro the opportunity to get acquainted with the labour market and gain their first practical experience in occupations they want to pursue.

Ivana Boskovic, UNICEF national consultant for the “Prilike” programme
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2021
Ivana Boskovic, UNICEF national consultant for the “Prilike” programme, explaining how this programme offers teenagers from Montenegro the opportunity to get acquainted with the labour market and gain their first practical experience in occupations they want to pursue, in Podgorica, in July 2021.

For adolescents from local communities, this is an opportunity to peek into the world of those occupations they are thinking and dreaming about, but have not had the opportunity to try out.

Ivana Boskovic, UNICEF national consultant for the “Prilike” programme

All interested high school students from Montenegro can apply for an internship at the link Ne propusti priliku.

Through this programme, UNICEF will continue to underscore the need for services that help adolescents improve their knowledge and skills for the labour market and make it easier for them to make decisions related to their education and occupation. This will empower adolescents to better manage their careers, while the programme’s long-term goal is to contribute to the successful transition of adolescents from education into the labour market, ultimately reducing youth unemployment.