I grew up in Carinthia and completed my training as a Elementary school teacher there at the Federal Training Institute for Elementary Education (BAfEP) (former: kindergarten teaching, BAKIP).
After a year of voluntary service (European Voluntary Service – EVS) in Greece (on the Ionian island of Lefkada), I moved to Vienna to study. There I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Byzantine and Modern-Greek Studies at the University of Vienna. Meanwhile, I had worked as an elementary school teacher for one year. From 2017 onwards, in addition to my studies, I worked as a consultant in the disability office at the University of Vienna and was also responsible for the content management of the „accessibility related Websites“ and the conversion of these to the corporate design. I also gave Modern Greek tutorials for five semesters and thus supported students in learning the Greek language, which I myself am constantly trying to improve.
In March 2021, I completed my Master’s degree in Political Science. The title of my Master’s thesis was: „Crisis management in the European Union. How can we explain major steps in the evolution of the European Monetary Union? Exemplary on the Eurozone financial, and the coronavirus crises“.
In July 2022, I finally completed my Master’s degree in Modern-Greek Studies. My Master’s thesis dealt with identity, nationalism, traditions and „being Greek“. Title of the thesis: Dancing Greekness. How did traditions form modern Greek identity? Folk dances between history, identity, and politics.
Apart from my education, I was involved in the international NGO „Zonta International„, where I was responsible for public relations (website, Facebook, Instagram) in the student association „Golden Z Club“ from 2016-2021 and also moderated panel discussions and offered discussion workshops. I also participated in the young talent programme of the Austrian Congress of female Journalists.
From September 2021 on, I led a course at the Centre for Teacher Education at the University of Vienna, which provided insights into the theory and practice of inclusive education. From April 2022, I worked at the Austrian national television as a science news editor. I also took part in the European Media Summit in Lech as part of the Media Academy.
Since October 22, I am in Brussels for an internship at the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS).
Make the most out of every situation and help others.Elisabeth Weissitsch