#ProudConnector Unveiled: Elouise Verheyen | Student Legal Talent Researcher
What do you do besides working as a Talent researcher?
I combine the student job at YouConnect with my studies. I will obtain a Master's degree in Law from the University of Ghent this summer and I’m starting an additional course in European Law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in September.
What attracted you to your role within YouConnect?
The variety. Also, as a law student, I get a lot of insight into the Belgian legal arena through my research, which is interesting for my personal position in the job market.
What are the most important skills a Talent Researcher should have?
Attention to detail, an understanding of the legal world, and an interest in society in general. I also think it’s important to be flexible when it comes to carrying out assignments as a researcher – when a new search comes in, I want to be able to respond immediately. Mind you, I get a lot of flexibility from YouConnect in return. And I mustn’t forget perseverance: you must consider every profile and explore every possibility.
What keeps you motivated?
Making the people around me happy.
What makes YouConnect unique as a company?
The team, without a doubt. It’s such an enthusiastic team and it puts in 100% every single day.
What is the biggest challenge in your job?
Combining my work at YouConnect with studying. So far, it has’s worked out well!
What would you recommend as a 'must read' for other professionals in the sector?
It is not a book aimed specifically at the recruitment sector but I recommend Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.
What's your favourite season and why?
Definitely summer! The sunshine, patios, barbecuing… My neighbourhood in Ghent really comes alive.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A night owl. I find it very calming to be awake when the rest of the world is asleep. There are no distractions and everything’s quiet.
What’s your favourite Eurovision song?
Portugal’s ‘Amar Pelos Dois’ by Salvador Sobral. It’s not a typical Eurovision song, but there’s a beautiful story behind it.
What is your dream for the world?
It sounds clichéd but I dream of world peace – peace for mankind, animals and the natural world. I wrote my thesis on maritime blockades in the law of war and that really opened my eyes. There are lots of forgotten wars about which we citizens know very little.
What would you like to spend more time on?
I’d like to spend more time reading books, discovering the world, spending time with my family... There aren’t enough hours in the day!
Do you believe in coincidence?
Yes! Particularly when it comes to the small stuff.
What's your strongest sense?
Smell. I love the scent of herbs, food and perfume. I’d hate to lose my sense of smell.
Would you rather cook or order food?
Upholding the motto “Support the hospitality industry,” I like to eat out. Some of my favourite places in Ghent are Bocca, Karel De Stoute and Oak.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
An archaeologist. I was drawn to the thrill of discovering things. This career plan quickly fell apart when I found out which scientific subjects I’d have to study, though.
What moves you?
The compassion people show to others. I admire those who are dedicated to helping society and who display high levels of mental resilience. For example, I was moved by the enormous amount of dedication and effort that medical staff made day after day to combat the coronavirus.
Do you like music? If so, what's your all-time favourite?
I’m a big fan of Ben Howard’s first album. I’ve been lucky enough to see him play live a couple of times at Werchter and Vorst Nationaal.
Which three words best describe you?
Sociable, enthusiastic and happy!
What's your favourite place?
The law faculty library feels a bit like my second home. I used to sit there studying every day and it became a regular meeting place with friends. It’s a place that genuinely makes me feel happy. I found it difficult not being able to go there during lockdown.
Are you a countryside or city person?
Generally a city person, but I need a taste of nature every once in a while.
What's your favourite city and why?
Seville! You’ll find delicious food, good cocktails, friendly people and lovely weather there. I once spent two weeks in Seville and was surprised at how much the city had to offer.
Which book should everyone read?
Matilda by Roald Dahl. A children’s story with a fantastic message: you can achieve anything in life if you really put your mind to it!