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The idea of making money, in order not to depend on one’s parents and to be able to meet one’s needs, is now trendy in Uzbekistan: more and more young people in this country decide to earn extra money while studying. Here are five unusual jobs for young people from Tashkent and Samarkand, striving to be financially independent.

Irina, a dancer and a singer

Irina is a student of the Finance Academy in Tashkent, and she has been singing and dancing since her childhood. She has turned her hobby into a source of income – in parallel with her studies, she dances and sings in the Reggae Night show-group. Before that, she had worked as a waiter and a shop assistant.

  • © Akmal Xolmuminov und Alyona Gula
  • © Akmal Xolmuminov und Alyona Gula
  • © Akmal Xolmuminov und Alyona Gula

She fully covers her own expenses, and spends her earnings mostly on clothes, but she saves some money, too. After a preparatory college, she would like to enter a university and get a degree in fine arts.

Shamil, a coach

Since his childhood, Shamil has been involved in Uzbek Jang San’ati, an Uzbek martial art, combining different traditional martial arts. In 2012, Shamil won a black belt (the fourth dan), and since that time, he has been acting as a coach. Now he is studying communication technologies in Samarkand, and after lectures he trains people in martial arts.

  • © Akmal Xolmuminov und Alyona Gula
  • © Akmal Xolmuminov und Alyona Gula

He spends the money he earns on food and on sports accessories, as well as on promotion of his services. In the future, he wants to work in the area of information and communication technologies and to continue his career as a sports coach.

Galina, a seller of stickers

The idea of opening an internet sticker shop came to Galina and her friend Isabella during one of their school classes. “This is rather our common hobby than a classical part-time job”, says Galina. The girls make the stickers themselves: first they find images or prints popular with the youth in the internet and then they print them using professional equipment.

  • © Akmal Xolmuminov und Alyona Gula
  • © Akmal Xolmuminov und Alyona Gula

The girls sell the stickers through the Instagram only, but they sell throughout the country. Such stickers are usually attached to mobile phones, laptops and school notebooks. This business allows Galina not to take pocket money from her parents.

Yevgeny, a bartender

Yevgeny is studying economics and business administration in Samarkand, likes partying and has been working as a bartender for a couple of years already in a club, although he does not have to work because he comes from a wealthy family. His dream is to save money and to open his own karaoke bar.

  • © Akmal Xolmuminov und Alyona Gula
  • © Akmal Xolmuminov und Alyona Gula

“Karaoke bars would be a success in Uzbekistan”, – he sais. He is now working in a bar inside the club, which is a place of absolute consumption, and earns more than enough to be totally financially independent.

Rakhel, a translator and interpreter

A part-time job is a good experience, and for Rakhel, a translator from German into Russian, it also means language training. In her lyceum, she is studying mathematics and German.

  • © Akmal Xolmuminov und Alyona Gula
  • © Akmal Xolmuminov und Alyona Gula

A friend of hers knew about Rakhel’s fluency in German, when she suddenly needed a translator for a cosmetic brand from Germany. Since then, Rakhel has been offered a job from time to time. “With this money I earn, I can afford to buy clothes and to go to the cinema, but in the future, I would like to study economics in Germany”.
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© Akmal Xolmuminov
This material came into being resulting from a young authors’ workshop organized by the Goethe-Institute in Tashkent on May 25-27, 2017. At the workshop, professional editors from Berlin Julia Bockler (ifa) and Leon Krenz ( taught the young authors to write. At our request, they edited the texts and photo reports prepared by the authors ‘on a turn-key basis’ and describing different aspects of the consumption society of Uzbekistan.




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