Open letter to the Dean

(Open Letter in response to the participation of Frédéric Nils, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Social and Political science at the University of St. Louis, on the show “Questions Clés” on 19.08.2015)

While there are some concepts expressed by Dean Frédéric Nils that we share, in general he shows certain prejudices which are now baseless, and may be the result of a lack of knowledge of other more non-traditional lines of action. The fact that Mr. Nils recommends caution regarding all guidance tests unless they come from the French community is for me a good indicator of this lack of knowledge. I understand that in Belgium there is a bias against private and lucrative practice, and discussion about it goes beyond the boundaries of this forum. However, even if this prejudice was well-founded, there is an alternative between public practice and commercial practice, and it is the existence of guidance specialists who operate on a non-profit basis, like OrientaEuro Belgium for which I am the managing director.

Guidance when choosing your studies: Test or no test?

Among the students who have an active approach to choosing their studies and professions, most will come across a tool that is simple and accessible that can help clear up the vision they have of their future job: the guidance test.
The idea of surfing the net to try to find answers is a very common practice among young people and this is how they discover the so-called guidance tests. They are free questionnaires that claim to establish a professional profile and supposedly help the person discover what jobs would suit them best.