YPFP Brussels - Advisors Program

YPFP Brussels is proud to launch its brand new Advisors Program!

What?

Under this program, participants will be paired with experienced professionals in the fields of foreign policy and security policy, and mentored through the beginning and next steps of their career. As an Advisee, you will be matched with an Advisor based on your interests and goals, and their relevant experience. Over the course of seven months, you will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with experienced professionals who have established themselves in your field of interest. You will have regular one-on-one meetings with your Advisor, who will help you define your path and develop tailor-made approaches to your career challenges. As part of the Program, you will also get to participate in several workshops and social events with your cohort. These will provide you with the chance to learn and practice a range of skills, from classical leadership, such as public speaking, to out-of-the-box approaches, including intercultural communication and relationship building. On top of this, social events will help you build connections and friendships with other like-minded and ambitious young professionals in Brussels!

The 2024 cohort will also be the first to establish a pool of Alumni. As this pool expands in the future, you will benefit from a network and community of young and smart leaders – a pool of expertise and contacts to support one another beyond the framework of the Advisors Program.

 

Why?

The main aim of the Advisors Program is to provide orientation and support for young and aspiring foreign and security policy leaders and professionals. Brussels hosts a wide array of international organisations, with career opportunities within the public and private sectors alike. This can prove challenging to navigate, and high-reaching goals may often seem out of reach. In this very competitive job market, YPFP Brussels offers members a unique opportunity to be mentored by high-profile professionals ready to help them achieve their objectives.

 

Who?

The Advisors Program is open to all YPFP Brussels members that fulfill the criteria below and are ready to explore new opportunities and join this adventure!

  • Member of YPFP Brussels
  • Recent university graduate in foreign affairs, security, and related fields
  • Young professional in a first position or trapped in a repetitive internship cycle
  • Young professional wishing to change jobs and/or area of expertise, or seek a more profound understanding of their career path (< 2 years of professional experience, internships excluded)
  • Residing in Brussels

Not a member yet? No problem! Sign up here and benefit from this and other membership advantages.

The time commitment will be an estimated 10-12 hours per month including individual meetings (to be agreed with your mentor) and workshops.

 

How?

Apply for the Advisors Program by uploading your CV into the registration form, and answering a few short questions about your motivation, expectations and goals. 

The deadline for applying is 25 March 2024. Please note that places are limited. All applications will be screened and applicants will be informed whether they have been successful in early April.

 

Interested in Becoming an Advisor?

Do you want to provide orientation and support for young and aspiring foreign and security policy leaders and professionals? You can send a message to advisors.program@ypfp.org for more information. If you have any questions, please send a message to advisors.program@ypfp.org or directly contact Anne-Catherine Lepers or Patrick Vandewalle, Advisors Program Officers.