On Monday 14th May students from Queen’s University in Belfast made their annual trip to Brussels for a jammed-packed week of engagements with the EU Institutions, regional offices, public affairs organisations and international businesses. The study tour, organised by the QUB Careers Department, allows the students to gain an insight into how to use their personal branding to secure a graduate programme, internship or permanent position in Brussels.
During the visit Queen’s University Belfast held an alumni reception in the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive which gave the students an opportunity to meet with members of the NI diaspora working across a range of sectors in Brussels.
The students returned to the office on Thursday 17th May to hear from the UK and Irish Permanent Representations to the EU about how the EU operates, how regional diplomacy works and how to begin a career pathway in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Foreign Affairs. Our Senior Liaison Officer Nuala McNamee spoke to the students about role of the office and how it engages in Brussels. The office Policy and Events Assistants, Bethany Meban and Chyanne Holmes, added to discussion with their own personal experiences of finding work and adopting to life in Brussels. The students also got to meet with speakers from AB InBev, IBEC, Baker McKenzie and Hume Brophy to hear about working in Brussels outside the EU Institutions and more generally, the about living in Brussels.
The study tour was a great opportunity for the students to get first-hand advise on starting and building a future career in Brussels, and more widely in Europe.