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|Small business (0-49 employees)|
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A day in the life of a Director in Belgium
Strong networks have helped develop international career
What I do
Acting as COO of the trade association, and working specifically on pan european projects funded by the European Commission and membership management
Skills I use and how I developed them
25 years or previous management experience including finance, marketing, public affairs (my degree in politics was helpful for that), IT etc....all those things a COO would do
What I like most
Working across 28 EU countries an a multi-cultural environment and a politically charged setting
What I like least
The weather in Brussels!
My career goals when I graduated
I wanted to go into international B2C marketing
My career history
I joined Lloyds Bank International straight out of York where I worked with them in London, Paris and Brazil (4 years). I then moved on to do an MBA in the US specialising in international marketing. After a brief spell in consulting with Alexander Proudfoot, I joined France Telecom in their Global Marketing Group. That led me to work for one of their offshoots - FNA - in Brussels for a couple of years setting up an international telecommunications network. That company folded and I joined Sita Telecommunications Holdings (STH) in Amsterdam as VP Strategic Planning. The company IPOs and was traded on the NY stock exchange and CAC 40 in Paris under the Equant brand. I left the company in 2007 following its merger with France Telecom (my ex employer). I worked for 18 months on a voluntary basis providing storage and marketing advice for several NGOs, I then joined DIGITALEUROPE in 2009.
What has helped my career to progress
Doing an MBA having had 5 years of previous work experience. Maintaining strong networks.
Courses taken since graduation
International marketing and advertising at the Escola Superior de marketing e propaganda in Sao Paulo, Brazil
MBA in international marketing
How my studies have helped my career
I work in public affairs now....which is all about politics. My degree in Politics served me well
Where I hope to be in 5 years
Working for an international foundation promoting digital skills and entrepreneurship.
My advice to students considering work
Follow your dream. study what really makes you tick at university. But, at the same time, learn a trade
My advice about working in my industry
Network, network, network
Happy to discuss my unusual career path working in Brussels in public affairs, about my insights into NGOs and telecommunciations.
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