Time for a new adventure
2 November 2016 - By Simone Hoogenbosch, alumnus: 'Finally we could call ourselves alumni. Of course, this new status also meant it was time to look for a job. But where do you start?'
On a Tuesday afternoon, during the first week of September, I cycled past the university. I saw students walking towards and from the building, most of them chatting with each other. I thought about what they might be discussing. Their first lectures perhaps? Or their new teachers? For a lot of students, this is the start of a new year. Some of them may still be getting used to their new environment, others are happy to see their fellow classmates again. Either way, they are starting a new adventure.
Seeing those students walk around the Roeterseiland campus, made me think about how one year ago, I too was really excited to start my Master’s. I can’t believe how fast time has gone by, and how much has happened since then. Three weeks ago, I saw all my former classmates again. Only this time, we were not attending a lecture, but our graduation ceremony! Finally we could call ourselves alumni. Of course, this new status also meant it was time to look for a job. But where do you start?
Personally, I decided to check recruitment websites and LinkedIn for inspiration. I figured it was important to think about what kind of work I wanted to do. I know that most of us don’t know exactly what they want yet, and that is no problem at all. It takes time to find out what you are passionate about, meaning that it might not be realistic to expect to find your dream job right away. My advice for you: gain some work experience and maybe you will surprise yourself with new insights!
Luckily for me, my career as a young professional has already started. The moment I knew I applied for the right job was during my interview, when the person on the other side of the table concluded that he saw me glowing and smiling when I talked about statistics. Apparently I’m secretly interested in numbers, who knew! I surprised myself, but luckily now I can say that I too have found my new adventure. Next time I will tell you all about my new job, so stay tuned!
Simone Hoogenbosch (23) completed the Master’s programme in Communication Science (track Persuasive Communication) in 2016.