Why did you apply for the DTE traineeship program and how did you hear about it?
I applied for the DTE traineeship program because I believe it will be an amazing practical learning opportunity for me and it will provide networking opportunities that will further prepare me to become a well-rounded forest scientist at an international level. I heard about the DTE traineeship through LinkedIn.
Give a little outlook on your specific placement: What is the topic? What are your expectations? What are you most excited about?
I am working in the Green Jobs Project (Specifically, on the “Changes in forest-related employment”) at the European Forest Institute (working remotely). The project provides analytical insights on trends at the interface between forest-related employment and forest-related tertiary education. I am assisting in conducting a Delphi study on the changes in employment and their drivers as well as green jobs and their implication on forest-related employment, with experts from five focus countries (Brazil, China, Finland, Germany, and United States). I am excited mostly about the opportunity to develop additional skills through conducting exploratory expert interviews and exposure to qualitative analysis.
What is your relationship with IFSA?
My relationship with IFSA started about ten years ago when I served as a member of the IFSA FUTA LC executive board in 2010/2011. I was also a member of the forest education commission in 2012/2013. I have attended both NARM and SARM and I have also participated as a delegate on several occasions, including the UNFF Major Group expert meeting in Thailand in 2019.