Mohammad Nazmul Avi Hossain
Applying in MALED was one of the best decisions of my life insofar. It is a perfect master program for those who simultaneously want to have a rigorous academic and technical training with a blend of practitioners’ approach in the field of labor economics. Moreover, a cosmopolitan academic environment during the face-to-face phase at ITC-ILO enabled me to share, collaborate and learn from my classmates who were from different parts of the world.
The intense training during the coursework consolidated my technical skills and academic knowledge on broad dimensions of labor market issues and development policies.
After completion of my coursework, I returned to my country and joined as a Manager: Private Sector Engagement, Training & Employment in a pioneering skills development program of Bangladesh (B-SKillFUL) implemented by Swisscontact and funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and European Union. I consider this new job in a managerial role as a breakthrough in my career at my age where the training I had in MALED played a major role.
In my opinion, there are two unique features of this program. First, it is a specialized degree on labor economics and related development narratives. Second, it offers both the options for students; to either progress in a career in program management or focus on academia and research in the field of applied labor economics in future. The research training that I had through my thesis phase is an asset for me to diagnose further the labor market policies using quantitative tools. All the instructors, professors and secretariat officer were overwhelmingly helpful all through the program.
I will encourage students, practitioners, researchers and policy makers, especially from developing countries, who are planning to build their career in the field of labor economics to take part in this program and have a wonderful learning experience.
I look forward to making a bigger impact in my field with the help of the knowledge and training I have earned in MALED in future.