Lejla Mustoo Başer, a representative of the International University of Sarajevo (IUS) Psychology study program participated in the multidisciplinary training course "The Great Resignation” held in Bucharest, Romania with the aim of broadening perspectives regarding current phenomena in organizational settings that may leave an impact on existing paradigms, while prioritizing mental health and providing opportunities for youth.
Recent global socio-economic events gave insights into the need for new trajectories in the labor market, especially for young individuals. While in quest of formulating their own private and professional identity, perspectives questioning traditional organizational models relevantly contribute to seeking and understanding of youth's own needs, meaning, and purpose within circumstances of the contemporary world. Professional roles we take are a significant factor contributing to our self-concept and identity formation, as challenges are applicable in all stages within the life- span.
The training offered capacity building for 20 youth professionals from diverse multicultural backgrounds who engaged with youngsters in their communities, putting focus on mental health. Through insightful learning, collaboration, exchange of knowledge, and national and international practices, experts in practice shared their knowledge in a dynamic and engaging way.
The education aimed at soft skills improvement, practical application exercises, visits to a national youth center in Bucharest, awareness raising regarding current trends and practice, discussions with experts, as well as the inclusion of digital tools as innovative ways to tackle the "great resignation" effects.
Moreover, the training was aligned with several SDG goals, from equitable quality education, promotion of well-being, decent, inclusive, sustainable work, and employment, reduced inequalities within and among countries, as well as promotion of inclusive societies, which amplified the significance of this experience.
In addition, we want to express our gratitude to the host organization in Bucharest, Civic Orientation and Social Integration (COSI), a non-governmental entity that aims to promote tolerance and inter-cultural dialogue, as well as social integration of young people and the disadvantaged, for organizing and supporting this enriching knowledge exchange.