Today we meet Darius, arrived two years ago from Rotterdam with a bachelor degree in Sociology. We asked him to tell us about his personal experiences in Milan. Darius chose the Comparative Social Policy and Employment Relations program at the Master of Science in Management of Human Resources & Labour Studies.
I fulfilled my dream, as I always wanted to study for at least one year abroad in Italy or Spain. In the weeks before my arrival, I came in contact with Stefano Sacchi (professor at the University of Milan). Sacchi recommended me to look to the MLS program at the University of Milan. I noticed in the MLS master two curriculums, and decided immediately to choose the comparative social policy and employment relations program, due to my sociological background. Studying in a different countries is in many ways challenging. You have to adapt to new ways of studying, a different culture, different organizations etc. However, after a week of two you can see how it works. Looking back, I think joining the MLS program was the right decision for me. Studying abroad, in a completely different environment is the best learning experience a person can get. The study itself is for me in some ways challenging. In general, I like the focus on economics of this study as it is to my opinion one of the most important aspects of life. Also the wide range of topics of the MLS master is interesting. There are courses in management, sociology, statistics, law and as earlier mentioned economics. The only problem for me is when people ask me what I study. It is difficult to explain for outsiders what I am precisely studying.
When I joined this program, I was aware of the possibility to be able to go a trimester abroad as an Erasmus exchange student. The exchange experience this program offers is a big pro. Students can go to a partner-university for one or two trimesters. In April 2015, I was selected to go to the London School of Economics (LSE). This was an amazing learning experience. LSE is one of the best universities in the world, and this experience has really benefited me. However, is it probably in the future not anymore possible to go to LSE, because of the Brexit. The British have in my opinion really shot European students in their feet.
What are you going to do after MLS?
At the moment, my life after the MLS is undecided. In April 2017, I will graduate and I am already looking for different kind of jobs in several countries. At the moment my preferences are in a political environment. For example a political risk firm. However, at the moment I am not excluding anything.
In what ways do you think your experience at MLS prepare you for your next steps?
In general, this MLS experience has prepared me in two ways. First, I think this experience has improved my adaptive qualities. As explained earlier, living abroad is challenging and makes one more flexible in difficult situations. Also learning a new language is very interesting. Secondly, I think that the wide range of courses helps you to get deeper knowledge of many important topics related to labour.
What is your fondest memory of your time at MLS?
My fondest memory during my time at MLS was the moment I was selected for the London School of Economics. It was a difficult process to be selected, and beforehand the chances were slim that I would be chosen. However, due to my persistence and the faith of Renata Semenza (coordinator Erasmus, red), I think, I was selected to go. Also my time in London was really great!
As someone who’s been though the entire MLS experience, what’s some advice you have for incoming freshman?
My advice for new students is that they have their key to their success in their own hands. Set the bar high for yourself, and try to reach it. Being ambitious is the key to have success in life and in this MLS program.