By Margulan Serikov
RUDNYI, QOSTANAI REGION – My family was not surprised when I decided to enroll in Karaganda State Technical University, since I’d been fond of metallurgy since I was a schoolboy.
Professors at the university used President Nursultan Nazarbayev as an example of a person who at a young age became a furnace man at the Karmet blast furnace. We metallurgists are proud of this connection between our lives and the life of our nation’s leader.
In general, metallurgists have high levels of responsibility, which is defined by the work itself. Work in the hot production facility demands great commitment and readiness to support your colleagues.
That’s how we worked during our internships at the ENRC Sokolov-Sarbai Mining and Ore-Dressing Production Association (SSGPO). Several of my fellow students and I were offered a position in the company. A job in the metal-rolling plant was the beginning of my working career. We were even more encouraged because President Nazarbayev launched it during a teleconference. Now, our enterprise has changed categorization from mining into the mining and metallurgical category.
The idea, introduced by the president in his article on social modernization, is very simple and succinct. “Everyone has to work, to be innovative. Young people need to find a place where they can realize themselves in a Society of General Labor.” The company’s management evaluates the youth in accordance with our respect for work and entrusts important production areas to us. I started as a hot-roller; a year later, I was appointed master of the rolling mill. However, we realized the need to grow in our profession; in this regard, I will enroll in the Master’s program next year.
I believe in my future with SSGPO. One of the benefits offered by the enterprise is the social package, which includes subsidies for food and healthcare, provides an opportunity to study at the university and obtain housing. Financial and moral support is also provided.
Youth at the metal plant have a very active life, including tourist meetings, meetings of the Club of the Funny and Inventive (KVN), professional skills contests and amateur-talent groups. For me, one of the highlights has been participating in the annual scientific-technical conference. I have won in the metallurgy category and plan on continuing this work.
Today, a number of opportunities are opened for us. The most important thing is to not expect miracles, but to express yourself and your goals. The time has come for a proactive and creative young population. Self-realization for the benefit of relatives and friends, work, city, and country – this is my goal!
The author is a department master at the JSC Sokolov-Sarbai Mining and Ore-dressing Production Association (SSGPO) metal rolling plant in Rudnyi.