Krisztina Zsebe – Trainee in Human Resources Unit

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I am Krisztina from Hungary. Having completed a Bachelor Degree in Human Resources Management at Corvinus University Budapest, I have recently finished an MSc course in International Business Management at Newcastle University London campus. Before my master studies, I started my career working as an HR Assistant in a public university in Budapest. Meanwhile, I had an opportunity to do a short internship at the European Parliament in Brussels and I was fascinated by its organisational culture immediately. Since then, I have been looking for opportunities in the European institutions and luckily, HR as a function is present everywhere.

Working at Eurofound is highly inspiring for me as an HR trainee, since research conducted and published by the organisation is strongly linked to my profession and interests. Furthermore, the diversity of staff makes a wonderful working environment with high respect and openness to other people's cultures. I guess I have never had such a warm welcome as the one I experienced on the first few days, and that helped me feel comfortable in this friendly environment from the very beginning.

My duties during the traineeship are both administrative and project-based. I support the unit’s daily work with monitoring attendance and leave, organising trainings including contact providers, logistics, registering invoices, as well as organising induction for new employees. Furthermore, I can get an insight into recruitment, learning and development and HR policy making among others. Apart from the daily routine, I am also assigned to do an internal research related to the working environment at Eurofound. I feel like a full member of my team and I learn something new every day from my colleagues. They also encourage me to share my ideas and I am grateful to get continuous support from my supervisor.

Not only Eurofound’s atmosphere is remarkable, but I truly like living in Dublin. The city is full of lovely people, interesting programmes and, last but not least, nice pubs that make weekends feel short but highly entertaining.

I believe that understanding the daily practice and policies of HR at Eurofound contributes greatly to deepen my practical knowledge and is likely to further develop my career within the EU institutions. All in all, I honestly feel this traineeship is a valuable experience for me and I highly recommend it if you are considering working for the EU and are keen on working in an international environment. 

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