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Stina Hamberg, started EMAES 2016

Stina is head of societal policy at the union DIK, Stockholm

Tell us shortly about your master thesis

I wrote about platform work, also knowns as gigwork, and how the European labour market organisations, ETUC and Business Europe, understand and relate to this growing, and in many aspects unregulated, part of the labour market.

What content or course within the program did you value the most?

Hard to choose! As with my previous studies, I've always found the method courses to be valuable since they help me sharpen the tools use when in my work. I also found the European Market Integration course very interesting, since it was given by a lawyer and I was given the opportunity to study European integration from a legal perspective. My background is in political science so for me this gave a new perspective and a deeper understanding of the legal frameworks and the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

What would you say was the hardest part of the EMAES-program?

To manage my calendar to make time for studies, combined with work and family. It's absolutely possible and so worth it, but it takes dedication and hard work.

What advice can you offer on how to best manage to combine full time work with the EMAES-program? How did you do to succeed?

I was lucky to have an employer who saw the value of my studies, so I was fortunate to be able to use one workday a week for studies, as long as I managed my work as well. In the end I didn't use one day every week during the entire program, but almost. I also had one evening a week I sat at a cafe after work to study. In sum, I suppose my advice is to make a plan on how you can manage your calendar to find time, and stick to it!

In what way do you think the program will contribute to your professional career? What is your plan for the future

Honestly, I don't know. I'm certain it will contribute in some way, but I don’t know how.  I've never been good at making plans for the future. But, in the coming months I will be in Brussels doing an internship, following some of the legal processes there and see the EU institutions and their work from the inside. Doing that just a few months after finishing my studies feels like a great next step. To keep on learning!


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