6 tips to start your first year of higher education well and succeed!

The transition between high school and higher education is never easy. An adaptation period is always necessary in order to settle in and manage this change. Passing the first year of higher education definitely won’t happen by chance – it happens through hard work, motivation and perseverance. Today, I would like to give you a few basic tips that can never be stressed enough, even if at first glance they may seem obvious. Your success depends entirely on you and your willingness, so give yourself the means to succeed right from the start.

Sophie’s Career Guidance Testimonial

In this video Sophie expresses how she was uncertain and stressed about her future. The Personalised Career Guidance process helped Sophie to have serenity about her choice of studies in university. It also helped her future career fall into place. At OrientaEuro Sophie felt like she finally had someone motivating her to be realistic about her decisions. At 17 years old Sophie learned important tools for analysing problems and organising her thoughts.

Changing profession: the right question

Changer de profession: la bonne question

Each person has their own reasons for deciding to change jobs. Many allow themselves to think that when the pleasure is no longer there, it’s time to seriously think about alternatives.

With this in mind, unsatisfied professionals who want to change jobs get busy outside work hours to find an offer on the job market that corresponds to them, anticipating a future transition which is always judged to be risky in a time of financial crisis.

However, will the simple act of ‘changing’ resolve the real problem which brought about this change?

A job, a passion


Having a job that pays well, that’s great. Having a job that pays well and that you are passionate about, that’s better. This is how a lot of professionals summarise their vision of work satisfaction. However, this statement creates a mind-set which would consider a career change as nothing more than a whim. So, is wanting to get a job that we are passionate about a whim? A sudden, thoughtless and fleeting desire?

6 tips to unmask your hidden talents

We all have characteristics that make us unique, and talents are a part of that. However, identifying them is not always easy. Certain talents are obvious from childhood, but sometimes you need more time and patience to discover them. So, what is a talent? According to the dictionary, it’s: “a special natural or learned ability or aptitude in a particular domain”. Discovering a talent can have an impact on your life and interfere with your current plans! If you haven’t yet discovered what your own talents are (or if you’d like to discover what your hidden talents are), this article will give you a few ideas.

Changing Career/Studies: Why and How

Many young people are faced with the great dilemma of whether or not to continue with the studies they have chosen. Some quickly make a decision and act accordingly. Others, meanwhile, require a longer period of assimilation to decide whether to continue it or leave it.

If this is your case, surely you must be experiencing a myriad of emotions, hours of reflection, doubt and anxiety.

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.

Erasmus programme: 7 steps for preparing your stay

Since 1987, over 3 million young people got the opportunity to go abroad and study thanks to the Erasmus programme.

If you would like to live this adventure yourself, you need to be well prepared and you should know what to think of before the big departure. Indeed, you cannot plan a trip abroad in a rush. Follow these few steps to make sure you won’t forget anything and all you’ll have to do next will be to enjoy yourself there.

Your first day on the job: do’s and don’ts

Comment réussir sa première journée de travail ?

Congratulations! You’ve just landed a job. However, what you feel now might be similar to what you used to feel as a kid before going back to school: you’re dreading your first day of work in your new office. You worry you’ll have to win the sympathy of your colleagues, deal with new tasks and satisfy your boss. Pay close attention to the details and everything will go smoothly.