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.

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.

Teenagers listening to Seniors’ advice


Thanks to our Intergenerational project “Seniors and Youth” we were able to indirectly liaise the Brussels teenagers with the Brussels Seniors via a series of short career advise movies.

The event took place on the 29th of October 2014 in OrientaEuro’s premises at Les Atelier des Tanneurs, Brussels, where 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.

During the workshop “Atelier d’Orientation vers les Études et Professions” focused on choosing the studies, among various games and assignments, two short movies of Josine and Eve, members of Senior centers run by our partner the Ville de Bruxelles in Laeken, were screened and followed by an animated debate.

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.

You can learn more about the “Seniors and Youth” project here.

How to Get Your Parents to Say “Yes” to the Personalised Career Guidance?



You are concerned about your future, and that concern is a first needed step. But it’s not enough. Now you need to do something about it. And not just anything, but the thing that will assure you a great professional future: to have a Personalised Career Guidance process!

Unless you are one of those very young entrepreneurs that have their own income at very early age, you still need to ask your parents for this investment. That’s why we came up with this guide to help you convince them, so that you can benefit from this great process.

Be Led By Your Passion, Not By The Media


In our day and age, the media has a considerable impact on our society. As much as we may try to ignore the fact, we are influenced by the shows we watch, the movies we see and the things we hear more than we even notice. The media is known for glamorising that which is not glamorous. It has been blamed for things like its influence on smoking behaviours and violence in our society. Many people however, forget to see its less obvious impacts. Included in the long list, is its false glamorisation of careers.

What factors determine the duration of our studies?


The duration of our studies is generally determined by different factors that we do not take into consideration from the very beginning. It can either be anticipated or depend on our education process.

Young people and professionals know that many training courses are available in case they wish to acquire specific skills once they have left university but they should also be aware of the link that exists between successful career beginnings and a professional life that meets their expectations. They tend to think “I will still have the opportunity to get training later”. Besides, some have been tired of school for several years already.