Unlocking Brussels' hidden job market

For the past 10 years, key2advance has been guiding students and young professionals to make the right career choices.

We noticed that those who reached out to professionals for information had more realistic expectations and were more likely to find a fulfilling position.

Now we would like to offer that experience to job seekers interested in the European/International affairs sector with this website.

Our team, with the help of University of Kent (Brussels) student volunteers, has spent the last year and a half reaching out to our networks. We asked over 100 professionals in Brussels the same 5 questions about their jobs.

Find out what they said.




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NGOs

Save the Children
Head of Advocacy
Belgian Red Cross
Head of the WTC refugee centre
Nonviolent Peaceforce
Executive Director
Amnesty International
Acting Director
International Campaign on Tibet
Policy and Advocacy Officer
Global Network for Rights and Development
Researcher on Human Rights
Global Network for Rights and Development
Project Manager
Nonviolent Peaceforce
Intern
European Organisation of Prison and Correctional Services (EUROPRIS)
Office Manager
International Partnership for Human Rights
Director
Belgian Red Cross
Collaborator
Nonviolent Peaceforce
Communications Coordinator
Open Society Foundation, Slovakia
Program Manager
Young European Leadership
President
Amnesty International
Executive Officer on Foreign Policy for the EU in Africa, Asia and Americas
International Partnership for Human Rights
PatCox Humanity in Action Fellow
ILGA EUROPE
Senior Communications Officer
Trias
Learning and Exchange Advisor
European Network Against Racism
Deputy Director – Programmes
Vluchtelingenwerk - Refugees
Project Manager
European Women's Lobby
Policy and Campaigns Officer
European Network Against Racism
Senior Research Officer
European Youth Forum
Communications Coordinator
Trias
Project Officer
Crisis Action Brussels
Advocacy and Campaigns Manager
Front Line Defender
Director
Amnesty International
Personal Assistant
International Partnership for Human Rights
Project Manager
CIDSE - International Alliance of Catholic Development Agencies
Secretary General
Fair Trade Advocacy Office
Project Coordinator
European Program for Integration and Migration
Program Manager
World Vision
EU Office Director
European Youth Forum
Policy Officer
European Citizen Action Service
Director
World Vision
Policy and Advocacy Officer
One Campaign
‎Migration and Development Coordinator
Crisis Action Brussels
Director
European Volunteer Centre - CEV
Director
European Climate Foundation
Senior Associate
ActionAid
Europe Advocacy Coordinator
ActionAid
Europe Advocacy Officer
European Climate Foundation
Associate Transport Programme
Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG)
Secretary General
Genderforce
Consultant
WESTT (Women’s Eco-nomic and Social Think Tank)
Human Rights Adviser

Consulting and Public Affairs

European Wind Energy Association
Policy Analysis assistant
Application Developers Alliance
Policy Manager, Europe
Weber Shandwick
EU Public Affairs Consultant
Trans Atlantic Business Council
Head of the Brussels Office
NEEMO EEIG, Central Team
LIFE Climate Action Sector Coordinator
Deloitte
Senior Consultant
Kumquat Consult
Founder
Fur Europe
CEO
British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium
EU Policy Executive
APCO Worldwide
EU Public Affairs Consultant
Instinctif
Associate Director
APCO Worldwide
Senior Director, Global Solutions
Old Continent
Co-Founder
UNIFE - the European Rail Industry Association
Public Affairs Manager

EU Institutions

EU Parliament
Assistant to MEP
EU Parliament
Civil Servant
European External Action Service — EEAS
Policy Coordinator for Climate Diplomacy
EASME — European Agency for Small & Medium-sized Enterprises
Senior Project Advisor for Continuous Improvement
EU Commission
Project Manager
European Commission
Trainee
EU Parliament
Communication Trainee
EU Parliament
Policy Adviser to MEP Klaus Buchner
EU Parliament
Political Advisor and Secretary General of the EU-Armenia Friendship Group at European Parliament
EPP Group in the EU Parliament
Trainee
EU Parliament, Green Party
Executive Assistant Film Director / Technical Translator
European Economic and Social Committee / Europuls
Foreign Affairs Coordinator and Consultant
EASME — European Agency for Small & Medium-sized Enterprises
Communication Advisor
European Research Council
Project Officer
EASME — European Agency for Small & Medium-sized Enterprises
Project Advisor in SME Instrument Program
EU Parliament
PatCox Humanity in Action Fellow
EU Parliament
PatCox Humanity in Action Fellow
Committee of Regions
Administrator
EU Commission
President's and Vice-President's Briefings Unit
EU Parliament, Green Party
Political Advisor
EU Parliament
MEP Assistant and Head of Office

Academia and Think Tanks

International Crisis Group
Director of Research and Deputy Director of Communications & Outreach
The German Marshall Fund
Communications Officer
European Institute for Asian Studies
Junior Researcher
Antall József Knowledge Centre
Policy and project Assistant
German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
Major Conferences Coordinator
German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
Trainee
German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
Senior Program Officer, Foreign & Security Policy
International Crisis Group
Online Editor
Afghanistan Analysts Network
Research & Communications Officer
International Crisis Group
HR Manager
International Crisis Group
Director of Communications & Outreach
European Institute for Asian Studies
Programme Coordinator
Antwerp Management School
Manager Knowledge Center Sustainability & Executive Coach
VUB Communication Studies Department
Programme Coordinator - Journalism and Media in Europe

International Organisations

NATO
Program Coordinator
Energy Charter
Expert in Trade
United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)
Intern
Energy Charter
Event Coordinator & Media Relations
Global Compact Network
Secretariat Coordinator
United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)
Trainee
Energy Charter
Trainee
International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
Project Officer
NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Director of the research Assistant Programme
UNRWA
Senior Liaison Officer
UNICEF
Senior Advisor – Humanitarian Affairs
UNFPA - United Nations Populations Fund
Brussels Office Director
United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)
UK & Ireland Desk Intern

Government

Dutch Representation to the EU
Policy Officer
Cyprus Representation to the EU
Intern
Serbian Mission to the EU
Intern
Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU
Adviser

Private Sector

Starwood Hotels and Resorts - EAME
Position is Associate Director, Global Citizenship, EAME
Van Helssen NV
Sales Manager
Caterpillar
Project Manager
Starwood Hotels and Resorts - EAME
Global Citizenship Specialist
European Cocoa Association
EU Affairs Officer - Trade Policy & Communication
Fipra International
Researcher

Journalism

Agecia EFE
Intern
VUB ( Vrije Universiteit Brussel )
Senior Researcher and Assistant Professor Journalism and Media Studies





Who we are


key2advance is a coaching and training consultancy founded in 2007. The careers branch provides key knowledge, strategies and opportunities to propel students forward during their transition to the job market. key2advance career was created in response to:
  • The competition among qualified graduates for internships and jobs.
  • The growing number of international students aiming to access the hidden job-market.
  • The awareness of what qualified guidance can offer during phases of transition.

For more information, please consult our brochure.




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In the international job market, where the majority of applicants have advanced academic qualifications and relevant work experience, employers are looking for employees who can enrich teams with fresh perspectives, fully developed capabilities and advanced written and verbal communication skills.
The aim of these workshops is to equip participants with the latest employability skills needed to give them a competitive advantage in today’s demanding and dynamic job market.

NEW: Upcoming workshops on December 9th in Berlin. Please find a description of all the workshops here and register here.