Given my background as a criminologist and strategic analyst for the Belgian Federal Police, and my interest in international affairs, I always considered Europol the ultimate place to make a career.
I started at Europol in 2005 as an assistant operational analyst with the Counter Terrorism Unit. Before joining Europol, I had never worked in the field of counter terrorism before, but Europol gave me the chance to learn and develop and to further explore operational work.
After one and a half years, I participated in Europol’s Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT) and later on became the TE-SAT Project Manager. During this project I learned how important it is to combine operational and strategic work. In 2007 and in 2010, I participated in open recruitment procedures and was twice selected for more senior positions. Europol delivers great opportunities for those who want to grow in their careers.
Since 2011, I have been the Project Manager of Europol’s core strategic analysis product, the Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA). The SOCTA is the key report defining the threat from serious and organised international crime for the EU. International serious and organised crime is a dynamic and ever evolving phenomenon and, through the SOCTA, Europol delivers analytical findings that are used to establish political priorities, strategic goals and operational police action plans to fight organised crime throughout the EU.
I am very proud to lead this project and the strategic analysis team. It is great to know that, through the development of our products, we can support EU Member States in preventing and combating serious international crime.
Europol is a place where learning never stops. Working in an international environment provides great opportunities to learn about other cultures, other people’s ideas and different methods all over the EU. Europol has provided me the opportunity to attend several courses, to learn, develop and progress in my career.
My advice to anyone considering joining Europol is just to apply, to bring all your knowledge and enthusiasm with you and to develop a vision of where you want to be in a few years.