On 6 June, Voronezh State Agricultural University hosted the final stage of the Atlas of Russian Values. The project grabbed the attention of more than 40 university students specialised in herd management and veterinary medicine.
The Atlas of Russian Values has already been carried out for 5 years, during which time it has given a helping hand to hundreds of students starting out on their future career. At the dawn of the project, its organisers interviewed students of high schools and colleges as well as freshers at universities to get to know what views on the professional future the young people adhere to. The results came as a complete surprise: only 15% of the respondents had a clear understanding of how to carve out a career.
The project covered various regions of Russia, a list of which comprised Voronezh as well. In the heart of the Black Soil Region, EkoNiva supported the initiative by offering its production sites for doing an internship.
‘Driven by the Atlas of Russian Values, the students of the Agricultural University had the chance to see our farms, living and working conditions and career opportunities’, says Boris Morev, Head of EkoNiva corporate training centre. ‘These days, more and more project participants are coming back to our dairies to take a summer internship, which means the young committed specialists are moving a step closer to joining our experienced team.’
To win the project, the students needed to undergo an integrative training, keep an electronic diary in a proper way, get encouraging results during the internship, pass the test and find the optimal solution to the project cases prepared by EkoNiva specialists. However, a good many participants put in an excellent performance, which complicated the jury’s job. Having arrived at a joint decision they announced the winners. The third-year student of the Voronezh State Agricultural University Anatoliy Pilipenko distinguished himself among the herd managers, while the list of veterinarians was headed by Aleksey Dudoladov.
‘It is the first time I’ve taken part in such a project’, says Aleksey Dudoladov, a third-year student of Voronezh State Agricultural University. ‘I’m overcome with emotions. Frankly speaking, I did not expect to find myself in the lead. Thanks to the Atlas of Russian Values, I have learnt a lot of new things, understood the scale of EkoNiva’s enterprises and seen the way modern work is arranged by livestock professionals. I can say for sure that I would like to pursue my vocation as an agricultural specialist.’
The winners got certificates of honour and prize money, although the highest reward was the invaluable experience which will become the starting point for their professional career.
By Viktor BARGOTIN