Joël Ficet

"The Master diploma and the internship experience were crucial to convince my new employers of the relevance of my candidacy. "



Role: Research Project Coordinator

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I had been working for a while in the academic sector as a political science researcher in France and Belgium when I decided to attend the International Master on European Project Planning and Management.
I had participated in a research project funded by the 7th Framework Programme and I wanted to improve my skills to find a full-time position in the field of European project management.

The Master organized by Pixel was the most attractive training opportunity in that regard, as it provides for a general overview of the functioning of European funding programme and offers internship opportunities.

Shortly after the end of the internship, I was able to obtain a position as “Research project coordinator” in charge of supporting the development of European research consortia and projects in the field of humanities at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium).
The Master diploma and the internship experience were crucial to convince my new employers of the relevance of my candidacy. I was even able to describe during the job interview funding opportunities which they had not heard about before!

Attending the Master has really helped me, not only to build a compelling resume, but to understand all the procedures and subtleties of European funding programmes and project management.

In the longer term, I intend to apply to work in European agencies such as the REA or the EACA; I have no doubt the Master will also be an asset then.

Louvain-la-Neuve, January 2019