Empowering the youth.

The youth.

During my coffee shop hopping activities, breakfast, and afternoon coffee, I met another foreigner, a Bule. That is not hard in Bali. Bule as the locals call us is slang for white or foreigner. Name-calling is not the point, besides it kind of means, a friendly white person.

As we chatted, we realized we were quite close, he was from the Boston area, I am from Canada. That’s close enough on a global level. We were near neighbors. As we spoke, we had a few things in common. We were both helping locals. At the same time, we were both stranded in Indonesia during the pandemic.

What was it that we had in common?

Well, we both love Bali, and we were both helping people in different ways. He came from a slightly different background than I, but we had things in common.

Once we started discussing the state of small business we ended up on the topic of young people. We began to talk about the empowerment of young people. Since we both meet many people on our journey, we agreed that young people can be greatly helped with a bit of support. This was two white men talking about local young people but this is true. There is however a problem. Indonesian companies tend to post jobs in an unbelievable way.

Job postings.

This is a bit disturbing for me but… Must be good-looking, younger than 35, and presentable. This is a simple post for a job, and it pushes out older experienced people rather than merging them.

There is a prejudice against older people. This being the case, it would be good to educate the young and help the older experienced employees.

By joining these two forces, the workforce would be strengthened. However, explaining to the young people that they have a future and giving them support as well is the way to go. It was nice to see a like-minded person whom I shared some visions with. We both noticed that they have a lack of opportunity in most cases. If there was an empowerment center where experiences could be shared by myself and others, it would be greatly beneficial to the youth of Indonesia. Guidance and empowerment for the young are the way to go. How and where? Well, I’ll have to give that some thought and maybe when we meet for coffee another day we can come up with a solution.

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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