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Bo got her job in Brussels rather quick after graduating

Ever since Bo Dohmen graduated from the Master's Programme in European Studies in 2017 she has been working at the lobby organization Europa Insights in Brussels. Doing an internship while studying was very useful as networks and contacts made the job searching much more easily.

What do you work with today and what other jobs have you had after graduating?

- I work at a public affairs consultancy firm named Europa Insights and this is my first job after graduating. Europa Insights is a lobby organisation working with the technology sector, intellectual property, innovation, digital economy, data protection, and international trade. My work tasks among other things include manage/work with a coalition of companies in the sector, arrange meetings and events, write press releases, drafting documents and monitoring the legislative development within the field.

Was it hard or easy to get a job?

- I have been working at the company since September 2017, and I got the job rather quite quick after graduating but I wouldn’t say it was easy. It definitely helped that I had done two internships in Brussels before. When looking for a job it is good to have a network and to keep in contact with people not only when you need something. Languages are of course also important. I have studied French, German and Spanish.

What knowledge and skills from the education are most useful in your work?

- In my current job I use knowledge about EU and the legislative process all the time. Research skills are also important, not least to be able to validate if a source of information is a reliable or not. It is also important to know how to process complex text and information and be able to write a comprehensible summary about it. To study a multidisciplinary programme has been useful when working with covering many different areas.

Do you have other experiences, apart from the education, that have been useful in your career?

- Yes, I was involved in several different student societies during my studies. Being a part of Brännpunkt Europa and in the board of Göta International Committee helped me to get experience from arranging events, lectures and to handle big groups of people.

What tips can you share with students studying your programme today?

- Start to think about the internship early and if you want to work in Brussels do an in internship in Brussels. If you are aiming for the EU institutions you need to apply early, maybe even before you start the programme. You should also start reading from day one since there is much more to read compared to the bachelor’s studies. It is also good to be prepared for the fact that you have to write essays more or less every week.

Where do you see yourself in three years?

- I might stay in Brussels or might work somewhere else. I want to work with something related to the EU or international relations and in an international environment. It would be interesting to work in one of the institutions or at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands. I would love to get different perspectives!

 

Alumni perspecitve - Bo Dohmen

Name: Bo Dohmen

Age: 24

Country of origin: The Netherlands

Programme of studies: The Master’s Programme in European Studies.

Year of graduation: 2017

Apply for this programme at universityadmissions.se. Deadline January 15 2019.
 

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