Marija Ćirić’s Aspirations for Life after A Levels

image for SaMarija Ćirić is studying 4 A Levels at Seaford College and is definitely one to watch for the future.  She is going to study Politics and International Relations at Exeter University in September.

What is your dream job?
I would love to be a politician. I’ve grown up in a politically active family, and my country, Serbia, has had a lot of political ups and downs.

What are you doing this autumn?
I would love to go to university to study Politics and International Relations.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing your generation?
I worry about the future employability of our generation. There are fewer jobs for young people, and not just in the UK, Eastern Europe is very affected by this problem. In the UK the gap between the poorest and the richest is widening. Not all people are given equal opportunities, and good education is not accessible for everybody.

What is the one thing that really annoys you?
What really annoys me is how young people ignore the problems around them. Young people are too focussed on their own problems, and they don’t see what’s happening in the outside world. Now we are old enough to get involved; our time is coming to be responsible for those older and younger than us. The future is very near.

If you could say one thing to the Prime Minister what would it be?
I would ask him about the solutions to problems such as the employment of young people. I think he should have a proactive approach and encourage entrepreneurs. I think the Prime Minister should make education more accessible and shorten the gap between private and state education, by raising standards in state schools.

Do you have a role model and if so who is it and why?
My role model is ex-Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjić, who was assassinated in 2003. He was the first person to have a pro-European approach and to enforce it. He bought Serbia closer to Europe. Also, my dad, Goran Ćirić, has been in politics for the last twenty years and is the Serbian equivalent of an MP. He is in the democratic party and was the mayor of our town for four years. He was head of Post Serbia, the Serbian Royal Mail, and he is very respected for what he does.

What are you most passionate about?
I am very passionate about education and politics. I am going to an educationally challenging degree in Politics, and I want to help establish Serbia in the international arena. I’d love to go to Exeter University and then do a Masters, and after that go home and get politically active. I want to get engaged with political youth groups, and then move onto the main party.


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