Britt Snieders

Portrait Britt Snieders
There was plenty of personal attention and a wide range of subjects were covered.
Name
Britt Snieders
Programme
Business Administration
Current role
Senior Associate in the PwC Sustainability & Responsible Governance team

Former Student Britt Snieders studied Business Administration. 

What is your current job and what are your tasks?

I am a Senior Associate in the PwC Sustainability & Responsible Governance team. This means that from day to day, I work on a range of sustainability assignments for our customers – mostly larger national and international organisations. My main activities are consultancy and auditing related. The former may consist of helping clients to identify sustainability themes that are relevant to them and supporting them in their development on these themes. The latter entails verifying that the sustainability data reported by clients in their annual report, or another official document, are correct.

Which skills and knowledge obtained during the bachelor's programme do you apply on a daily basis?

At PwC we have many different clients spread over a variety of sectors. Therefore, it is important to be able to quickly acknowledge yourself with a new topic. This is a skill that I have trained during my bachelor's due to the diversity of courses and projects. Moreover, it is very valuable to have a general sense of a strategy, supply chain, marketing mechanisms and whatnot when working on a project, as these are all issues that clients may ask us for to advise them on. Lastly, having worked in culturally diverse teams in the International Business Administration bachelor's, makes me feel comfortable when cooperating with international colleagues during my work at PwC.

What did you like about your bachelor and why?

The broad approach of the programme appealed to me. When I completed secondary school, I was not sure in which field I wanted to specialise and this approach allowed me to expand my general knowledge. I also liked the big proportion of seminars and lectures that were provided in smaller groups; this ensures a substantial degree of interaction, making the subject matter more interesting and easier to digest. Another benefit of this Bachelor's programme is the compulsory semester abroad. It forces students to actually take that step to go abroad, which might be uncomfortable initially, but does severely spur personal development.

Did the (quality of the) bachelor's programme meet your expectations? And why?

Yes, there was plenty of personal attention and a wide range of subjects were covered. The emphasis on social aspects of the International Business Administration programme in Nijmegen was the reason I wanted to study at Radboud University. This focus was evident in the programme and met my expectations.

Did you learn to look at your field differently during the Bachelor's programme? Or to look differently at current events, such as political or economic developments? In other words: have you changed your perspective?

I learned to look with a more open mindset during the course on ethics that was part of the curriculum. Mostly however, I broadened my perspective by participating in the interdisciplinary Honours programme. This spiked my interest in the theme of sustainability and strongly influenced the choice of my Master's and, eventually, my job.

What do you think is the social relevance of your field; why is it important that there are people with this expertise?

'It is important that we not only look at organisations from a financial point of view but also apply a more social and ecological perspective. A diverse set of stakeholder groups are putting more and more pressure on companies to extend their focus from financial to multiple value creation. I believe the social perspective offered by the Bachelor’s programme in International Business Administration at Radboud University prepares students for this by providing a strong social perspective on business in the programme.'