Kılıçkaya worked as a journalist for Cumhuriyet and Milliyet newspapers. In 1992, she moved to Paris and studied international relations. During her stay, Kılıçkaya worked as a free-lance journalist for foreign media outlets, and then as a correspondent of NTV for 8 years and of Sabah for 3 years. Kılıçkaya turned back to Turkey in 2009 and started working for Habertürk. There, she prepared and presented a TV program: Doğru Açı. In 2016, Kılıçkaya made a three part documentary on DAESH for Habertürk.