Hello, I am İlker, a blog writer and project development consultant. I provide consultancy services on European Union affairs and funds to help my clients win grants and turn ideas into real project proposals.
Through this blog, I mostly share my adventure as an expat in the UK and write about experiences in my previous work life as a junior military officer, journalist, and volunteer on many occasions.
Consultancy services I offer are: Writing a winning proposal, training on EU projects management, evaluations of pre-submission proposals.
While I was a freshman, I was elected as a chair of the EU Affairs Commission at the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Youth Assembly for a three-year term. This position gave me a fabulous opportunity to accomplish international projects on social entrepreneurship, youth unemployment and democracy.
After earning my Bachelor of Arts in European Union Studies in 2013, I enlisted in the Turkish army for year-long military service. I later worked as a journalist to follow the EU and Brexit developments for almost five years.
I participated in many international training courses, conferences and carried out projects in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Poland, Romania, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Northern Cyprus.
I quit my full-time position at Anadolu Agency in late 2018 after produced more than 1,000 news articles and moved to the UK for my wife’s academic studies with our little one.
After the little one grew enough to join a school, I began to shape my new business plan in late 2020. I nowadays work on to expand my freelance consultancy profession with the name of colig.uk.