Life after graduation and our alumni
Our graduates enjoy a very high success rate in pursuing their chosen careers shortly after graduation. Some who pursue internships during their studies are offered contracts immediately after graduation and stay in Brussels. Others have joined their home country's diplomatic service, entered international organisations, or have undertaken a 'stage' (a paid 5-month internship) at the European Commission, or another EU institution.
Many of our students' careers have taken them much further afield. Recent BSIS graduates have helped to set up elections in Afghanistan while others have monitored elections in Iraq, the Balkans and Africa. A large number of our graduates have also joined or started NGOs and charities while many have returned to their home countries to pursue careers in international commerce, finance, government and law.
Non-native English speakers graduate with proof of their English skills through an advanced degree, and native English speakers return home with proof of cultural flexibility, internationalism, and often a polished additional language. Our alumni base extends from the United Nations to Kissinger Associates or Capitol Hill, and from the US Department of Homeland Security to the ICTY at The Hague, spanning a massive variety of activities and professions.
We have more than 1300 alumni from BSIS working in a variety of roles across a range of diverse organisations.
My time at BSIS was invaluable. If you want to study international issues, doing so in Brussels gives you a clear advantage.
A postgraduate qualification from Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) demonstrates a high level of academic knowledge and specialist skills in your subject area. We work with key2advance, a career advice and coaching organisation, to ensure you also develop the general skills, cultural awareness and transferable skills which are invaluable assets to potential employers.
Mona Shair-Wloch, who runs key2advance, is a BSIS alumna with considerable experience managing career services and networking events for students and graduates.
The key2advance team consists of six advisers who all provide expert advice on how to enter a variety of sectors; human rights, international and European law, EU institutions, International NGOs, the United Nations, and communication and PR agencies. Students can have an individual session with an adviser that best suits their interests to help them hone their CV and job application technique.
The key2advance team provides a series of workshops designed to help students prepare themselves for the job market:
- Workshop 1: What is my dream job and how to get it?
- Workshop 2: Perfecting your CV for the international/European market
- Workshop 3: How to write a strong and convincing cover letter
- Workshop 4: How to get internships at the European Parliament & the European Commission
- Workshop 5: Interview tips and tricks
- Workshop 6: The art of effective networking
Key2advance also arranges networking events each year for both alumni and professionals from a variety of Brussels-based organisations. Here you can practise your networking skills, discover the Brussels job market and meet potential employers in a social setting. You are given a free set of business cards so you can network successfully.
These events also allow you to interview ‘ambassadors’ (representatives of firms and organisations) and alumni and ask about their career track since graduation. You can find out what skills, values and working style are necessary to be successful in your chosen career and what organisations look for in interns or potential employees.
My network at the School helped me get a 'stage' with the European Environmental Bureau and I now work in Washington DC on global warming policy.
Each BSIS student receives one free 45-minute career coaching session. This is designed to help you identify career goals, review your applications and plan your next steps. These sessions are extremely successful, with many students continuing to take them on a private basis.