Our Director, Assya Kavrakova, was interviewed recently by key2advance on the work of ECAS and the skills and qualifications it takes to reach her position. The interview was part of a project with the University of Kent in Brussels through which over 100 professionals in Brussels from different sectors have been interviewed.
The aim of the project is to provide students with information about realistic career opportunities in the European/International Affairs sector after they have completed their studies through direct insights from professionals.
Ms Kavrakova presents the work of ECAS, which has been in existence for over 25 years and strives to empower citizens to exercise their rights in the EU, and further describes the different types of tasks she regularly performs as part of her position and the skills and qualifications required to carry them out. To her, the essential qualities are: common sense, commitment to work and the courage to take the right decisions, even when they are difficult.
She also refers to career paths at ECAS and the quality internship opportunities for junior professionals that ECAS provides. On the question of future trends in ECAS’ work, she argues that Europe is at a critical juncture and forecasts that the situation will get worse before it can get better.