Targeting young people

“Why should I come home?”

The catalog of “Why should I come home?” was made necessary by the emigration of young people abroad. Our main goal is to draw young people’s attention to the opportunities offered by the homeland, such as: opportunities for support, application and further training.

The online version of the catalogue can be viewed by clicking on the following link:


There is also a future at home

motivational presentations and support opportunities for young people

The 10th edition of the “There is also a future at home” forum was the occasion for young people to attend motivational presentations and to learn about funding and application opportunities. The forum, which took place on 6 October 2021, from 11 am, was organised by the Harghita County Development Agency and the Harghita County Council and moderated by the head of the Agency, Árpád Cilip.

Every young person needs a role model, so as a guest of honor, we asked Romania’s silver medalist, youth and sports minister, Eduard Novák to hold his motivational presentation with the title of: Why should you not give up ?. The Minister highlighted the importance of sport as a prerequisite for a healthy lifestyle and said that young people need to define their goals: they need to decide what they want to be, there are many opportunities to break out, if they really want it. The politician, who has achieved excellent sporting results, stressed that it is better to lose courageously than to do nothing cowardly!

Let’s be partners, let’s create a youthful, dynamic Harghita County!”, Csaba Borboly, President of the Harghita County Council, gave his presentation and encouraged the participants to try themselves in as many fields and life situations as possible, so that they could make an informed career choice. He also reminded the participants to look for opportunities in local organisations and associations.

Levente Demeter, Chief Inspector of Education from the Harghita County Inspectorate of Education, spoke about the importance of vocational education and the successful cooperation between Harghita County Council and Harghita County Development Agency, providing gap-filling publications.  The joint work resulted in the publication of the Vocational Training Opportunities in Harghita County, which aims to provide students with information on which educational institutions offer vocational qualifications, the main subjects and good examples of professions and job opportunities.

In Harghita County, vocational education is provided in 25 educational institutions for a total of 6361 students. Students in vocational education can be good role models for pupils in primary schools. The county needs professionals who know their professions well,” said the inspector, adding that career guidance should start from grade V, so that students know their options for further education and specialisation.

Edit Jánó, on behalf of the Harghita County Employment Agency, highlighted in her speech that the most sought-after professions are carpentry and sales. There are many jobs in the fields of goods transport, food industry, construction and services. In an epidemic situation, the demand for health professionals and engineers has increased. As regards support opportunities, it was said that a young person who has just graduated from school and looking for a job after graduation will receive a grant of 1,500 RON, and if he or she does not find a job immediately and registers with the unemployment office within 60 days, he or she can claim an unemployment grant of 250 RON. Entrepreneurs who employ young people who have just graduated can claim 2250 RON per month for one year.  Mobility allowance can be claimed by those who find a job more than 50 km away, up to a maximum of 900 RON.

László Fancsali, an entrepreneur from Smart Energy Laboratory Ltd., said they deal with civil engineering design and technical drawing. They welcome recent graduates, especially during the summer, even for paid internships.

Sándor Péter, vise-director of the Harghita County Development Agency, shared his own experience of starting and running a business and emphasized that young people can contact the agency with their questions.

In the second half of the online event, the participants could learn about the current opportunities for applications from Kálmán Fancsali, an expert in application writing, and then two ongoing applications were presented: the Talent Magnet project was presented by Tünde Béres and the Ecool project by Bea Erőss.

The Kiserdész program (small forester program)

This year the Kiserdész program debuted within the framework of the Harghita County Council’s Rural Development Association, in which more than 2,000 pine seedlings were distributed to students with the aim of raising one year and planting them in a predetermined forest area in the spring of next year.


A future for our young people at home.

The Harghita County Council and the Harghita County Development Agency, which is a sub-agency of the Council, are particularly concerned with the issue of young people staying at home and career assistance, and therefore launched an essay writing contest entitled “At home or abroad”.

The aim of the call was to gain an insight into the opportunities in Szeklerland and the living and working conditions abroad through personal experiences. The entries received unanimously opted for life at home, with family, homesickness and difficult living conditions abroad playing a major role. Many of them said that they would like to use the experience they had gained at home.

Each competition has a distinctive character, presenting a vivid picture of life abroad and at home.

The winners of the competition were awarded today: 1st prize: 1st prize: Karácsony Sarolta, 2nd prize: Fülöp Orsolya, 3rd prize: Albert László

The winner of the essay competition, Sarolta Karácsony was delighted with the success of her work, but stressed that she will continue to focus on helping her family and being at home.

Congratulations to the winners and all the participants

“My name is Sarolta Karácsony, I am 17 years old. …… My father and mother both work at home. My mother works in the household and my father works in forestry. Although they don’t get very much money we are still happy. They have shown me that it is possible to make a living at home. They even encouraged me to continue my studies and not to go abroad, because if I am very good I can make a living at home, and perhaps even more peacefully than in other countries. I have to admit that they are right. You may have to study a lot and struggle to achieve your goal, but with long and patient work you can achieve anything. I will stick to my goals and stay at home.” (excerpt from the essay by Sarolta Karácsony, first prize winner of the essay competition “At home or abroad”)

“It’s been more than four years since I decided to take on the big world and leave home. …. I arrived in a strange city, among strange people. …. I cried when I called my mother, who knew without words that I wanted to be home. …. I don’t regret having seen the world. I have experienced, seen, felt, fallen, and shared, but most importantly, it has made me reassess my home, my family, and my possibilities. In a word, if you want something, you can have it at home. You have to accept that there are obstacles and difficulties and overcome them. It is not better abroad, it is not easier or simpler. Now I know where I want to live, and I go to sleep at night with a smile on my face because I know I am where I am supposed to be and where it is really good to live.” (excerpt from the essay of Orsolya Fülöp, second prize winner of the essay competition At Home or Abroad)

“I thought it was important to come home because my eldest daughter had just been born. The growth of the family meant greater financial expectations. For the healthy development of my child, I bought the first cow, and then, where one would fit, a second would fit, I increased the herd to 10 cow. … Since Mures is an important tourist stop for Transylvanian tourism, the village should also provide tourist services. In addition to the basic services, some hosts asked me to show tourists how to make cheese. After a while, it was not only the local operators who came to me to present the country life.  ” (excerpt from the essay by László Albert, third prize winner of the essay competition “At home or abroad”)