The Ministry of the Interior approached me with an opportunity to work for them
At the time, I had a choice between two positions: working for the UN or coming back to Slovakia to work for the public sector. I decided to return home and started as a desk officer.
Today, I am the head of my own department
The public sector is often seen as very rigid. But, I hope to serve as an example, proving that it’s possible for young people to also carry responsibility and contribute to positive change. My internship in Brussels was the spring board to my career
Thanks to the EU and the opportunities that it offers many young people have similar experiences.
We come back to Slovakia with an open mind and ‘can do’ attitude. We are motivated and willing to work long hours and to make things happen.
The most frustrating thing about being back is the political cycle
After every election, there is a political turnover. This has a major effect on the public sector. Every year, the EU publishes country specific recommendations. In Slovakia depolitization of the civil service comes up every time.
I believe in a professional civil service
Unfortunately, due to our communist history, we still struggle with the depolitization issue. This is still one of the major challenges ahead of us.
How to change things?
For example, through young people coming back! Once you live abroad, you see things in a different perspective. You discover that alter- natives are possible. That we don’t have to continue doing things just one way.
We can do things differently
Not every process has to be an administrative burden. Some problems can be solved simply by picking up the phone. Solutions can also be found by learning from best practices. We do not have to reinvent the wheel. We can also learn from other countries.
Our added value is our ability to ‘think globally, but act locally’
We are comfortable communicating in foreign languages. In my case, I actively use English and German for work. I know how the European institutions operate, and I am comfortable using modern technologies. All are important assets in my work.
The government is aware of the brain drain
Even though the salaries in Slovakia are low, there are still many other incentives that moti- vate people like me to work for the govern- ment. For example, the responsibility, the sense of achievement and the ability to actively contribute to positive change are all pull factors.
With higher responsibility should come a higher salary
I believe, a balance should eventually be achieved between top managers in the private and public sectors.
At home, I try to make a difference
From speaking English, to studying in Oxford, from working abroad, to having a positive attitude. I have a never ending enthusiasm for my job. Great things can happen for Slovakia.
When we are given permission to think of creative new solutions, rather than just follow what has been done before.