Life after Graduation
Whatever career goals a student has, the University strives to open the doors of opportunity both in Brussels, and beyond. To that end BSIS has engaged the services of key2advance, a career advice and coaching organisation, to provide advice tailored to the needs of each individual student.
Students at the University of Kent's Brussels campus undertake a one-year MA or LLM degree with a wide variety of career goals in mind. Some have their sights on a job at an EU institution, such as the European Commission or European Parliament. Others also hope to remain in Brussels, but intend to work for a public relations firm, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) such as the International Crisis Group or Human Rights Watch, or in other public policy jobs.
A large number of students, however, arrive with no intention of remaining in Brussels or even working in Europe: they recognise that studying in our richly international environment not only gives them a comparative advantage if they return home, but also provides them with more credibility if they venture into the developing world. People whose knowledge of the world is limited to television and tourism, after all, lack a certain credibility when describing or advising on international events. Employers in the private, charitable, and government sectors realise this, and increasingly value the cultural flexibility (and often foreign language skills) which study in such cosmopolitan surroundings inherently provides.
Students intending to become scholars of International Relations, International Law, Development or Migration are drawn to us for much the same reasons. Its proximity to major international institutions , as well as its classes and lectures from current practitioners, offer invaluable, up-to-the-minute perspectives that are hard to gain elsewhere, no matter how solid the rest of the academic environment. Many of these, having enjoyed their first degree at BSIS, opt to remain here to do their PhD.
Some students, having already gained experience in a profession, hope to use their degree to set their careers on an entirely new path. Former members of the military, for example, often find that a degree on our Brussels campus transforms their previous experiences into a set of skills well-suited to policy or development work.
Finally, some students arrive at in Brussels not knowing which career they wish to pursue. These students recognise, however, that our location in the Capital of Europe, its multidisciplinary approach, its standard of academic excellence, and the unparalleled internationalism of its student body offer a unique educational and life experience, opening doors to numerous career paths within the international arena.
Whatever career goals a BSIS student has, however, we strive to open the doors of opportunity both in Brussels, and beyond. To that end we have engaged the services of key2advance, a career advice and coaching organisation, to provide advice tailored to the needs of each individual student. For more information on their services go to: www.key2advance.com