E.MA Career Day

E.MA Career Day 2013

tl_files/EIUC MEDIA/EMA/2012-2013/EMAlumni/emalumni-career day 2013-sophie.jpgThe 3rd E.MA Career Day took place on 25 January 2013 at the Monastery of San Nicolò, Lido, Venice. This popular event jointly organised by EIUC and the E.MAlumni Association represent an important date in the calendar of the E.MA year.
Especially in the current economic climate students are anxious about their career prospects. A small group of the many highly successful alumni of the E.MA programme returned to Venice to share their vast experiences and offer advice to the future human rights professionals. Working in different sectors including Intergovernmental Organisations, NGOs and private sector, the distinguished speakers provided an overview of their respective organisations and discussed the challenges and benefits of career paths in these fields, thereby demystifying the job search and helping current students choose a career path that's right for them.
In addition to these interactive sessions, the full-day programme also included a panel discussion, 1:1 consultation sessions and CV advice from a Human Resource professional. An ideal opportunity for students to practice crucial networking skills was offered by the evening reception which was opened to all alumni of the E.MA programme, representatives from Regional Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation as well as Global Campus staff.

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A special bond: E.MA Career Day 2012

tl_files/EIUC MEDIA/EMA/Career day.jpgOn 27 January, the second E.MAlumni/EIUC Career Day was held in the Aula Magna of the Monastery on Lido. After a call for applications on the E.MAlumni website, the E.MAlumni Association Board chose highly qualified masteroni to facilitate modules on application procedures and options for and uncertainties of career planning in IGOs, NGOs, and EU institutions. Additional modules on career choices in academia and the E.MA/EIUC Internship and Fellowship Programmes were facilitated by EIUC Staff and E.MA Fellows respectively.

The programme of the event was designed reflecting lessons learnt from last year’s pioneer E.MA Career Day and gave a lot of space for discussion, interaction and exchange between masterini and masteroni. Facilitators were dedicated and spontaneously sacrificed their breaks to answer to questions and be available for individual consultations. The day ended with a ‘networking night’ with pizza and drinks, where further room for discussion and questions was provided – and busily used by the students.

It was a pleasure to see that the call attracted interested applicants across all academic years, even from the first year of the master’s creation (1996/97), showing the special bond that ties masteroni to the E.MA. This second E.MA Career Day can be considered a success for the young E.MAlumni Association. A special thank you to Monika Alpoegger, Ron Hermann, Kersty McCourt and Sara Melkko for their commitment and willingness to (time)travel back to Lido – in some cases after many years – to share their rich experience with the current students.

Thank you as well to Alberta Rocca, Monika Dabrowska and Jacques Hartmann to contribute to the success of the day with their inputs and to EIUC and especially to Angela Melchiorre for making the day possible, and for the pizza! Last, but by no means least, thanks to the current masterini for their interest and curiosity, and for having us with them at their farewell party. Returning back to Lido is like a happy family reunion: it’s good for the soul!


Text written by by Bernadette Knauder, E.MAlumni Career Development Officer 2011/2012. After the success of the first E.MA Career Day in 2011, the E.MAlumni Board decided to appoint a graduate of the E.MA programme to collect vacancies, communicate options how to find jobs, conduct surveys, and similar tasks related to career development. The creation of such position was feasible thanks to the financial support by EIUC and the E.MAlumni Association.

E.MA Career Day 2010

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