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As she didn't want to miss the opportunity Lilia was working at the bank three days after graduating university.

At 32 years old Lilia Zubareva is Head of Communications for Ukrsibbank, owned by a large multinational.

She thinks it is much easier for young people to find employment, especially in the private sector. The younger generation know languages, are familiar with PCs and modern management techniques.

She relies on her family to help raise her six year old son. Like many Ukrainians her son has a close relationship with his grandparents, as both parents work fulltime.

"If I stay at home, no one will pay my mortgage, no one will support my parents, grandparents. It's a choice."

Lilia supports her parents and grandparents and subsidises their small pensions.

"I don't rely on the country, government, state programme, on support or social programmes. I rely just on myself."



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