We’re going to feature some of our students talking about their time here at MLS. Our first profile features Erina who chose the curriculum in Labour Studies. We met her and asked her to share some of her experiences.
I enrolled in this Master’s course in September 2013 because of its ‘internationalization’ in terms of both academic contents and opportunities abroad. After the first semester, I carried out an internship for six months in HR department for a pharmaceutical multinational company in Milan, which gave me the opportunity to link and enhance what I was studying in classrooms with what I was learning at the workplace.
Then I applied for the Erasmus+ programme and was selected for the London School of Economics and Political Science. I spent six months in London challenging myself to ‘think outside of the box’ and to study with a different academic system, which, coupled with my solid academic background that I gained in Italy, rewarded me with excellent academic records.
After the experience in London, I moved to Brussels for three months for the Erasmus+ Traineeship programme at the European Social Observatory, where I carried out research on European social dialogue and collective bargaining of the public administration.
Later, I was selected to work for six months at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) of the University of Amsterdam as a part-time student research assistant, which allowed me to improve my research skills in decentralized collective bargaining in Europe. Lastly, I was selected through a national competition promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Education and the Association of Italian Universities to carry out an internship for three months at the Human Rights committee of the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations in New York, where I attended and drafted reports on the plenary meetings, negotiations and adoptions of the resolutions of the 54th Session of the Commission for Social Development and of the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
What are you doing now?
I am about to defend my Master’s thesis on Human Rights and Women’s Rights, based on my experience in New York, supervised by Prof. Semenza and Bonardi.
In what ways did your experiences at MLS prepare you for what you’re doing now?
I am very grateful for all the academic preparation and the multi-disciplinary analytical skills that Labour Studies provided me. I’ve learnt to question my assumptions and to double-check my knowledge. This Master’s has provided me with a mindset that fruitfully challenges my objectives.
What is your fondest memory of your time at MLS?
My fondest memories at Labour Studies are the people. I made very close friends both in Milan and in London I still get along with, and even the academic researchers and professors were very friendly and engaged in inspiring conversations that developed my preparations and conscientiousness.
As someone who’s been though the entire MLS experience, what’s some advice you have for incoming freshman?
If there is one thing that I learnt from this Master’s is to always question myself. I would advise any freshmen that it’s up to them to make the best out of any opportunities provided, and surely MLS offers plenty of opportunities to seize.