Upon arrival in Temirtau started "fire stage" in a working life of Nursultan Nazarbayev. July 3, 1960 launched the first and only in all of the Central Asia and Kazakhstan a blast furnace. That date was the birthday of Kazakhstan Magnitka - the Karaganda Metallurgical Plant. The young metallurgist Nazarbayev together with experienced craftsmen took part in first Kazakhstan iron smelting.
He mastered several related occupations on "Karmet": worked as operator of casting machine, furnacemen on blast furnace, dispatcher and gasman of blast-furnace department. The work was very heavy, because of the terrible heat and tension some workers fainted and had bleeding nose. Many could not stand and left. But that was not Nazarbayev, he vowed to himself that will endure and survived, was used and involved into the work. His companions Tulegen Yusupov, Bulat Karimov and others along with him overcame all the difficulties and have become highly skilled metallurgists.
Half of his large salary of furnacemen twenty years old Nursultan sent to his father, who care spend money for younger children.
As a good Kazakh worker and a member of Komsomol Nazarbayev is often sent to the congresses of the Komsomol and youth festivals. He became known, even picture of the best worker Nazarbayev appeared in the national press. Young metallurgist enjoyed great respect and authority among co-workers and after joining the party he soon became a party organizer of the department.
In those years of his life there was another important event. As Nursultan Nazarbayev wrote later "the first meeting with my future wife Sara came into my life as the most memorable day of those years. And that meeting was … after the accident, near a blast furnace. When the accident occurs and metal is poured on the ground, the working shift does not go away until restore rail traffic. That is the way there: working shift or the whole day, but you should sort it out with your own flaws. In that a bad moment - almost a day on the feet, all covered in soot, smoked, just eyes and teeth gleaming - I met a girl who was on duty that night at the electrical substation and came to see what happened under the blast furnace ... Well, soon - we arranged the Komsomol youth wedding".
Happy young family has grown rapidly and they had daughters - Dariga, Dinara, and later Aliya.
But professionally grow also the young couple. The plant sends Nazarbayev with another several guys from his department to study to the Karaganda Polytechnic Institute. There he was enrolled in a group of PL-62-2 (foundry practice of ferrous and nonferrous metals), which was formed from the students living in Temirtau.
In those years in technical universities conducted an experiment of combining education with labor on the workplace. This helped to develop the practical side of their future specialty, although it was very difficult to work while studying at the institute. In that way they have studied the first year, and the next two courses were "student" years with off-site from production. With all the necessary attributes of the student's life - tests, sessions, labs. These were years of further solid education of Nursultan Nazarbayev.
N.Nazarbayev studied at the Karaganda Polytechnic Institute three years, and after that he was transferred to the newly organized in Temirtau plant technical college ("Plant VTUZ") in the system of Karaganda Metallurgical Plant and he graduated it with a degree of metallurgical engineer. Following him his wife Sara Nazarbayeva, in 1967 got a degree in economics, graduating "Karmet" plant technical college.
Nursultan Nazarbayev had new prospects. His desire always to be the leader, the ability to inspire people and lead them were noticed and appreciated. Since 1969, he agrees to go to work in the party and in the Komsomol in Temirtau which has become almost a native city.
At the beginning he reluctantly agreed with that proposal - he grieved the loss in salary and termination of the "hot experience". But the rigid party discipline requires that. And his fellow steelworkers blessed him to leadership positions.
After some time he was involved in this important job. It turned out that living in the midst of people, their interests and hobbies, to direct and organize their activities - Nazarbayev always had it in his genes.
Later, many people who worked with him again and again pointed out his amazing memory for people and events of their lives, his constant desire to grasp everything and learn to get to the essence, listen carefully and understand the interlocutor.
As Nursultan Nazarbayev recalls, he had not the high ambitions, as well as the special passion for the leadership positions. But from young age formed self-esteem, which did not allow him to remain in the "average level", this is the habit always to be first. As a leader and organizer, he gradually gained experience communicating with different people - from heads of departments to ministers.