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CreepyS - 22 Apr 2009 // 16:17:24

Hi Taro,

Yes, I came back 3 months ago and work in one of the institutes of the bulgarian academy of sciences - I model the relationships between the mechanical properties and the microstructure of all kinds of materials, including nanocomposites, also did other stuff, again using mathematical modeling and computer simulation.

This is used a lot where you have high quality production and is a major scientific tool in general, not only in the industry. So I had a good life so far.
Helas, not in BG - we have to do tremendous work here. Maybe the smartest people I worked with, like ideas and organization and indeed reliability, are the Germans - we dont even speak about productiveness.

But in BG nothing is the same - I went once in an office building in plain center of sofia - all were of German and other foreign companies and people were still showing up at work at 9:50am although they have really good salaries.

So there is definitely a mentality problem here. And a sponsorship prolem, but while we can always try to find sponsors, little can be done with the mentality.

Taro - 22 Apr 2009 // 16:39:16

Hi CreepyS,

wow, sounds very interesting what are you doing.

It's funny, people in Bulgaria always ask, why their country is so poor and others are richer. The answer is not so difficult, but more difficult is to change habits.

I mean, it is also ok to show up at 9:50h, when you stay until 20h or you do the work so quickly that you need only 6h for what other take 8h. But this is hardly the case.

In Sofia the situation is still better then the rest of the country. When I come to Sofia to visit the agencies I work for, I see motivated and skilled people. Some worked for a couple of years aborad.

In Varna there are just a few people who deserve their money. Even in the middle of the week during day time, all the cafes are full of people...


Robin - 23 Apr 2009 // 11:05:22

"Even in the middle of the week during day time, all the cafes are full of people..."

Same in Plovdiv. But to be honest I think most locals round here if offered double the money on the condition that they are forced to be twice as productive (hypothetical I know), they wouldn't take it.

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