We bring together a team of psychologists, career guidance counsellors and career coaches certified in OrientaEuro Ltd (UK) and Desarrollarme’s (Argentina) methodologies, as well as professionals with international experience in both academia and the professional world.
We believe that real professional (and personal) success comes from finding the perfect match between your talents, your passions and what is valued in society and/or on the job market.
Where needed, we accompany individuals in searching for their academic and professional path once finishing school, in repositioning themselves professionally during adulthood, or in finding new projects on the brink of retirement.
To reach this objective, we use innovative methodologies that combine self-knowledge techniques, a wide analysis of the external reality (studies, professions, life circumstances) and decision-making tools.
We work in French, Dutch, English and Spanish.
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OrientaEuro Belgium asbl has developed an intergenerational relationship between Seniors and youth, with the ultimate aim of sharing experiences, helping young people choose their studies and careers and for them to learn from their elders about how to be satisfied at work and fulfilled in life. This is a useful and innovative “bonus” tool offered to the youth in order to help them as much as possible in choosing the best studies and future career.
OrientaEuro Belgium asbl has conducted a series of one-to-one interviews with residents from a range of retirement homes and senior centres around Brussels. The meetings were taking place until the end of October 2014. We interviewed various Seniors (aged 60 and above, French, Dutch and English speakers) who were willing to participate in the project.
We asked them about their own life and professional experiences, and the possible regrets or mistakes they had made throughout their lives so that you can make the best school and career choices by learning from the elders’ experience.
We know it is hard, yet doable at the same time, to learn from somebody else’s mistakes. Therefore we believe we should keep trying, and profit from Seniors’ experience. We truly believe everyone should feel satisfied and happy with whatever they choose to do in their lives. Based on these one-to-one conversations with Seniors, we created short videos (1-3 minutes) containing the best advice and words of inspiration that have been shared with young people on the OrientaEuro website and during our youth workshops.
We believe in intergenerational cooperation and we are convinced that these experienced Seniors will encourage young people to follow their own passions and talents, as well as will give them advice on how to make the best possible career choice, with the aim to ultimately find satisfaction and happiness in work and in life.
This new approach has a double positive effect. Firstly, it helps young people reach personal and professional satisfaction. Secondly, it shows Seniors that they are recognised by society. Furthermore, from our experience young people tend to be more open to the idea of listening to Seniors than to their own parents. Seniors’ opinions come across as wiser, and above anything else, less biased and more sincere.
We have gathered useful lessons based on Seniors’ past experience, knowledge, points of view, and motivation, and we want to share these with the younger generation. We aim to take advantage of Seniors’ past errors and successes in order to support young people, now and in the future, and to motivate them to pursue their passions and talents.
Thanks to this project and via a series of short career advise movies we were able to indirectly liaise the Brussels teenagers with the Brussels Seniors.
During the workshop “Atelier d’Orientation vers les Études et Professions” focused on choosing the studies, among various games and assignments, the short movies were screened and followed by an animated debate. During 2 hours 15 adolescents actively participated in the workshop. The activities touched upon three major axes of action: (1) self-knowledge, (2) external world and job market, and (3) the decision-making process.
Those movies were based on interviews with persons who have already finished their professional career and were willing to share with the young ones their opinions and views on talents, passions, income, job satisfaction, defeats, fears, success stories, career strategies, difficult life choices. Seniors, via those short movies, gave a wise and impartial advice on life in general, and how to make the best choices throughout life.
Watch the short movies:
All the short movies with advice are available here.
First, the counsellor focuses on helping the student identify their personal characteristics (wishes, worries, objectives, talents, priorities). Taking into account these personal elements is crucial because it is on this basis that the counsellor can help the person better understand themselves. It can also detect those vulnerabilities that could interfere with the young person’s future, and help identifying possible solutions to that threat. Particular interests are very relevant as the student is often too young to well self-analyse. In many cases, these students are too young to be able to carry out thorough self-analysis. Thus, our counsellors aid in the discovery of important parts of the personality by paying particular attention to the students’ interests and hobbies.
Secondly, the counsellor suggests various study choices and career paths according to the personal characteristics of the student. It is through this one-on-one exchange that the student’s future and choice of studies and career begins to take shape. Throughout the whole process, the counsellors commit themselves to understanding how the student makes decisions and to provide them with the specific complementary tools they need in order to progress.
During the first session, the coach applies a set of techniques to bring the person to a high degree of self-knowledge and self-awareness. They will identify the person’s real interests, drives, priorities, needs, potentials, values, strengths, weaknesses and skills, all whilst analysing their past career.
Gradually, these sessions will get the person to analyse the different action plans compatible with their personal profile and their objectives. Then, they will adjust them with the coach until they will have developed a detailed action plan for the short, medium and long term career change or adjustment.
This process provides the tools necessary for reaching a real professional success – adapted to the personality and objectives of each person.
The workshops consist of fun activities designed to actively integrate key concepts and personal investment at the time when participants are deciding their professional future. We use a principle of ‘serious fun’ that makes learning easier, and gives a high level of understanding of important, complex themes, or even the social and organisational impact. This active teaching creates a lot of motivation, participation, cooperation, immersion, teaching and changes.
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OrientaEuro bvba/sprl is a social enterprise based in Belgium, dedicated to providing high-quality personalised solutions for lifelong professional and personal well-being: training, consultancy, career guidance for students, career coaching for adults, entrepreneurs coaching and retirement coaching.
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Our quality management system is certified by the Belgian Quality Association.
We are mandated by the Flemish Government as a certified career center accepting the loopbaancheques.
We are a service provider in the framework of KMO-Portefeuille allowing small and medium enterprises to benefit from governmental subsidies for our training activities.