Ioannis Tzortzakis – Trainee in Employment unit

My name is Ioannis and I am from Greece. I joined Eurofound as a trainee in October 2018, after obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Athens. During my studies, I developed a strong interest in European law, labour relations, policy making, and social rights. Seeking a first-hand experience on working for an EU agency, I came across Eurofound and its diverse, in depth work.

My main duties as an Employment Unit trainee involve working on the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) and participating in various projects. Regarding ERM, I consistently update its content by reviewing and publishing factsheets with data on large-scale restructuring events submitted by the European Network of Correspondents. I also write blog articles about big or high-interest cases reported in the ERM and assist in updating the database on restructuring related legislation. In addition to my work on the ERM, I have been given the opportunity to take part in several ongoing projects of my choice. Notably, I have conducted qualitative research on labour market segmentation and drafted literature reviews on digital platform work. Due to the diversity of my tasks and thanks to the help and guidance of my colleagues, I have obtained knowledge on different topics, gained valuable experience and developed my research skills.

One of the greatest aspects of working in Eurofound is the multicultural working environment, which truly reflects the values of the European Union and contributes to trainees’ personal and professional growth. The exceptional working conditions together with the fascinating research topics and the site’s natural beauty, in South County Dublin, make Eurofound an ideal place for a traineeship.

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