Career Talks for international students & recent graduates in Belgium

Get inspired by international alumni who studied in Belgium and decided to start their career in the Leuven region! 

What’s in it for you?

During the panel discussion, international alumni with different study backgrounds will share their personal career stories. All panel members studied in Belgium and decided to start their career in the Leuven region afterwards. They will answer questions such as:

  • How did they approach their job search?
  • How did they experience the job application process in Belgium?
  • What is it like to work as an international in Belgium?
  • What tips & tricks do they have for international students and recent graduates considering a career in Belgium?
  • You can also submit your question for the panel during the registration process.

We will be hosting a small networking reception after the panel discussion so that you can meet and network with other students, recent graduates and the panel members.

Good to know:

The Career Talks are aimed at international students and recent graduates with limited work experience.

During the panel discussion, we will not discuss legal information about working in Belgium (single permit, search year, …). Would you like to know more about these topics? Join us for a virtual information session hosted by the student legal advisor (KU Leuven students only) or consult our website. For non-students you can come to one of IHL's immigration consultation hours.

- Info session for KU Leuven students

- Immigration consultation at the International House Leuven, can be found onIHL's website

Practical information & registration

  • Monday 20 November 7pm – 10pm
  • Location: International House Leuven, Tiensevest 60, 3000 Leuven (stairs into building without a ramp, unfortunately not accessible for wheelchairs)
  • Registration: you are welcome to attend this event free of charge, but registration is required:

KU Leuven students can register here and non-students can register via Eventbrite via button below. 

About the panel members

Anna Tripp: is currently working at the International House Leuven as a project manager. She gained her master's in Brussels, then continued to live in Belgium on a search year and is now working on a single permit. Her field of study was linguistics/intercultural communication. She can help with building a network in Leuven.

Rebecca Poulsen: is a recent graduate (2022) of the KU Leuven masters in digital media and society program. She is currently self-employed through a business professional card working as a digital media consultant. She can help with the path to become self-employed (as an international) and share her experience with applying for a professional card.

Daniel Balici is originally from Romania and studied Business Administration at KU Leuven during his bachelor's and master's. Since May 2022 he has been in a graduate programme at QSRP, the fast-food group behind Quick and Burger King BeLux, Burger King Italy, O'Tacos, and Nordsee. He is currently in his second rotation in finance, at Burger Brands Belgium. Daniel can give you tips and tricks on what Belgian employers are looking for in a candidate, what it's like to be a foreign employee in a predominantly Belgian company culture, the appeals and pains of corporate career, and any other curiosities you might have.

Ponnapat Watjanatepin: is a PhD candidate and a research associate at the Sustainability Assessment of Materials and Circular Economy at KU Leuven. He is originally from Thailand and had graduated from KU Leuven in 2020 from Group T campus with a background in Industrial Sciences: Chemical Engineering. He can help you with his experience in working in the academia and sharing his experience of applying for a PhD.

General info

Monday 20 November 2023
19:00 - 22:00
International House Leuven & KU Leuven Stuvo
International House Leuven
Tiensevest 60
3000 Leuven
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