9 Апреля 2020


A survey of citizens on a lockdown has shown that 24% of them use their free time to study.

A survey conducted by the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation has shown that unforeseen vacations boosted interest in professional retraining and additional education. The survey of the citizens has shown that 24% of them use their spare time to acquire additional knowledge to improve their own qualifications.

18% of respondents (out of 24%) are seeking to upgrade skills in their professional domain. The most demanded distance-learning programmes (in the descending order of demand) are among:

• Education system workers (teachers, pre-school workers, guidance counsellors, and etc.);

• Medical workers (doctors, nurses);

• Accountants;

• Lawyers;

• Culture professional, librarians;

• HR specialists;

• Distance education specialists.

Cities, where there is the highest demand for professional training, including online programmes, are: Orenburg, Khabarovsk, Ufa, Krasnoyarsk, and Vladivostok. 

In addition to those who took advantage of the holiday to improve their professional skills, there is a sufficient number of those who intend to acquire new knowledge and skills to change their profession — 6% of the respondents of the study. 

The list of the most demanded professions:

• Programmer;  

• Psychologist, therapist; 

• Pharmacist;

• Specialist in data analysis and computer technology. 

On the other hand, many people, especially those of the pre-retirement age chose training for the  following professions:

• Nurse or other paramedical workers, social worker;

• Secretary;

• Kindergarten teacher;

• Welder, turner, electrician, and etc; 

• Driver of special equipment, and etc.

Cities with the greatest demand for professional retraining, including online programmes, are Novokuznetsk, Barnaul, Khabarovsk, Ryazan and Vladivostok

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