Cuban youth must choose between professional fulfillment and survival

Courtesy/el TOQUE

When he graduated from the Central University of Las Villas, Yaisel went to work at a hotel on a key north of Villa Clara. The idea was to do some time in the human resources department until he could start waiting tables.

“I studied social communication because I really like it. [I wanted] to organize a campaign, an event, create or improve an organization’s communication flows,” he said. “But you can’t live your life on desires and dreams. I learned that when I was halfway in college, so I started trying to get into tourism.”

While in school, Yaisel took bar tending and cooking courses, as well as English language classes, whatever he needed to prepare for the tourism industry.

“When I finished school, a friend of my father’s helped me get a job at a hotel. I did fine, so my boss wanted to give me a full-time job, even offered me a car, but no way. A truck and 600 Cuban pesos (about $25)... for what? I would have to steal to make ends meet. No, it is better if I make a living honestly, not owe anything to anybody.”

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