Riccardo Colella – Unit B: Employment
I am currently a graduate student of international affairs, on professional leave from the Hertie School in Berlin. As my background is in political science, I did not have formal, prior knowledge of topics related to working and living conditions. Nevertheless, I thought of Eurofound as an opportunity both to approach these issues more closely and to refine my research skills, while experiencing an international work environment.
Throughout the traineeship, I reviewed and published content on restructuring events and legislation for two databases of the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM), in cooperation with the Network of Eurofound Correspondents. I also drafted interview guidelines, attended meetings with the external contractor and assisted the research project on the digitisation of the workplace. Finally, I carried out a secondary data analysis on the ERM restructuring events database for the research project on transnational restructuring. Working on a diverse range of tasks has provided me with improved hard and soft skills and with quality work experience. My learning experience in Eurofound has left me with a peaked interest for these topics.
I believe that the traineeship allowed me to acquire familiarity with the workplace of Eurofound and to create an important network of reference for my future studies. Additional perks include working in an EU agency, meaning constant exposure to EU policy-making and cultural environment. I would highly recommend a traineeship at Eurofound.