Testimonial – Internship – Reinout Mertens


My internship at OrientaEuro was a unique opportunity to gain work experience in a welcoming environment. As a translator about to graduate, I jumped at the chance to translate in an actual professional business setting. The team at OrientaEuro was able to guide me throughout my internship while making me feel like a part of the team. At the same time I felt like I was making a real contribution to the company’s success. Now, after the internship, I believe I am more ready to advance in the work field and I have a better idea of where I want to go.

Reinout Mertens

Testimonial – Internship – Kate Hughes


During my time at OrientaEuro, I was consistently encouraged to take on new challenges which allowed me to develop my existing skills and discover new ones – for example, as well as translation tasks, I was responsible for project research and development in my native and target languages. It was greatly satisfying for me to work closely with the director and other interns on projects that directly contributed to a company which makes such a positive difference in many people’s lives. I received personal feedback after individual tasks and at the end of my internship which helped me to understand my strengths and potential for the future. My experience with the company not only gave me opportunities to grow in my professional life, but also in my personal life. Living and working in a new culture was a truly enriching experience and I would recommend it to any student seeking a fulfilling internship in the future.

Kate Hughes

Testimonial – Career Coaching – Sara Magnabosco


I decided to try coaching in a difficult moment in my career and I wanted to understand what other kind of jobs I could do. During the 4 sessions with my coach we did a lot more, thanks to his challenges I boosted my self confidence, helped me preparing job interviews, I understood that it’s good to trust my instinct and always think in a positive way. I recommend coaching to all the people that are facing work challenges or just want a change in their professional life. Speaking with someone who is there to listen and ask you the right questions really helps more that 1000 chats with friends. It’s a totally different kind of support.

Sara Magnabosco

Testimonial – Career Coaching – A.M.


Not only did I receive all the support and advice​ I anticipated, but the coaching even surpassed my expectations in challenging me beyond what I had expected​. I would absolutely recommend the coaching to anyone and without any hesitation. You must, however, be willing to revisit what you think you know, and approach the process with an open and humble mindset.


Do you really have to meet every criterion when you apply for a job?

It’s a question we’re often asked at OrientaEuro and unfortunately, it’s usually taken for granted that the answer is yes. Therefore, many people sabotage their own job searches because they don’t meet every single one of the necessary criteria.

When applying for jobs, it’s important to understand that when companies outline the must-have’s and essential skills necessary for a role, they already know that they probably won’t find a candidate who ticks every box perfectly. However, that doesn’t mean they can leave out characteristics they’re specifically looking for just because they don’t know who’s going to apply. Therefore, what we suggest is that you look at what is really critical to the job and company you’re applying for. If it’s never going to work out as you have weaknesses where they have a critical need for strengths, then don’t waste either their time or your own time applying. However, if the vast majority of the required skills match up with your own talents and passions, then it’s worth your time and effort to apply. In which case, you should highlight and draw attention to the skills you do have which match with their explicit requests, as well as additional skills that aren’t explicitly requested, but that you feel would be useful in the role or beneficial to the company.

That being said, don’t draw attention to your shortcomings. There’s no need to say, “I know I don’t have this experience, but I thought I’d apply anyway because…” – whoever receives your CV will be aware of the criteria you meet and which ones you don’t. In your application, you should focus on the talents and passions they could benefit from working with you. Period.

With that in mind, knowing yourself well and having a realistic and confident belief in your strengths will make applying for any job much easier and more effective.

With OrientaEuro’s Personalised Career Coaching, you have the support of a dedicated coach to help you focus on the strengths you do have and what really matters to you, so you can find a job not just to pay the bills but to enjoy a high level of professional well-being. What’s more, if you live in Brussels or Flanders, are currently employed and have worked for at least 12 of the past 18 months, you are entitled to our full 8-hour Personalised Career Coaching programme for only €80!

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Testimonial – Career Coaching – L.B.


The coaching helped me to find, through structured and clear steps, actions that I would like to do as my job and realised values and indicators, that are key of my happiness and balance while working. This sessions allowed me to bring some dreams into real professional path or created unexpected connection of getting into field of interests through supportive functions. Although the change will take some time, having the concrete action plan gives me direction, concentracion on important, motivation in life, inner peace and toughness. I would recomended it to everyone, who feels stucked in career path that they don’t like any more and who is not in balance with current life. Or anyone, who needs new boost, challenge or making their dreams a profession – the coaching is not a miracle but good structured way of self-reflection and time to stop and do something for yourself. Everyone can make change – it will pay back – for us and our surrounding as well.