Our Values

Life-long Volunteering

We believe that voluntary engagements are so important for our European societies and should be undertaken throughout the whole professional life. Even though it is seen as a temporary involvement of a few months particularly of university graduates before jumping into a vocation, it should certainly be considered as a life long process, which we call as “life-long volunteering”.

If well organized, scheduled and managed, voluntary engagements would undoubtedly generate positive effects on work efficiency and effectiveness on the one hand and would produce better societal results on the other. Besides, voluntary works help professionals acquire more social skills while strengthening their ties with the society. Therefore, intensified volunteering among professionals could be a useful tool to reach more social cohesion and solidarity in European societies. 

Knowledge-based economy with social responsibility

We also strongly advocate that a sustainable and healthy social and economic development is only assured when professionals are involved in all kinds of issues and put their competences in the overall well-being of their societies. Societies actually need their skills and the more they are present within the society the more the society can benefit from it. Professionals should undertake social projects, participate in civil society organisations and be pioneers of active citizenship. In societies where the professionals are only concerned with their careers and do not participate actively in the society there is a big loss of potential and knowledge-transfer and societies would certainly suffer from this. 

Multiculturalism is an asset for European economies

One of the important things that we advocate is the significance of the added-value of professionals with multicultural backgrounds to the European economies. They may provide much greater contribution than today taking into account that they have at least two different languages and cultural backgrounds and may come up with brilliant ideas with their flexibility and different perspectives.  In order to get the best efficiency however, these people must be seen as a real potential rather than a problem. Fortunately, Europe does have this potential, yet this must be supported by efficient and smart policies encouraging them to show their skills. 

We know that the US economy is largely based on the contributions of multicultural talents. Silicone Valley, the hub of R&D studies in the USA, is almost unimaginable without the presence of multicultural brains who represent almost %50 of the total force there. We believe that Europe is legging behind from this perspective, yet this process can be reversed with comprehensive and effective policies and implementations. 

Challenges for professionals

In today`s highly competitive and demanding business conditions, professionals increasingly feel the need to better prepare for their future professional lives for the following reasons:

  • Europe has recently been going through a drastic economic and financial crisis. People no longer feel that they have a guaranteed economic future as hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs in recent years. Thus, as in the pyramid case, only the people who are better equipped with contemporary market needs may secure their positions. Therefore, it is extremely critical for professionals not to see their competences enough but insistently try to improve their skills through effective tools.
  • As professionals mostly have inflexible work hours and heavy work-load they are often refrained from participating in activities aimed at their personal and social empowerment. Therefore, they need to have an external support that is capable of providing networking possibilities and of organising activities addressing these challenges.
  • In today`s modern democratic European societies, the concepts like democratic participation and active citizenship are too important to be neglected. An ideal European citizen is often modelled today as someone participating to social projects, engaging in civil society organisations and closely following the circumstances in the society and react them when necessary.
  • Multiculturalism has become a reality in European societies. Professionals who are not equipped with multicultural skills are undoubtedly legging behind in terms of career development and social empowerment. One of the most desired skills today for particularly executive positions is the capacity of leading and managing personnel composed of multicultural backgrounds.

Who are we?

Who are we?

EPN (European Professionals Network) is a Brussels-based civil society organization founded in 2009 to provide professionals in Belgium with services to foster career development, awareness-raising, network building and social enrichment by implementing projects on national and European level. It aims to contribute not only to the career development of professionals but also advocates their rights and their challenges at the EU level. 

EPN acknowledges that people in professional life not only need to increase their competences for better career opportunities in the future but also equally be keen on their personal and social empowerment by actively participating in the society they live. We believe that values such as democratic participation, active citizenship and constructive engagement are extremely important for professionals as they are generally assumed to be the brains of societies thanks to their knowledge, expertise and other distinguished competences.

EPN tries to realize these objectives by mobilizing professionals and implementing various activities and projects including awareness-raising on societal responsibilities and sensitivities.