Analysis: Covid-19 Crushes Career Dreams of Young Latin Americans
Bogota/Rio de Janeiro — As a boy, Fabian Calderon would watch planes at Bogota’s airport with his father, who worked there as a flight dispatcher, a pastime that inspired him to pursue the same career.
Working by day in a sales call centre, Calderon used his savings to enrol in an evening course in 2019 at a private university, paying $800 a term — equivalent to more than double his minimum monthly wage of $350.
“It was hard studying until 10pm and going to work the next day, but I was guaranteed a good job at the end,” Calderon told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
But then the Covid-19 pandemic struck, battering Colombia’s economy and with it Calderon’s dreams of graduating and securing a better future.