What do you like about the programme/specialisation and why? How has the programme/specialisation challenged you (in relation to your previous education)?
This Master's programme builds really well upon the Economics and Business Economics Bachelor's I followed. The specialised courses were super interesting, and I really enjoyed the small teaching groups. Working in groups also allowed me to meet and connect with many people. Even though I followed my Bachelor’s at the Radboud, I expanded my network with great people from all over! The Master's also delved deeper into financial-related topics, which challenged me to not only scratch the surface but really go into knowing the details.
What do you think about the atmosphere in class (for example the relationship between students and with the teachers/researchers)?
What I really like about this Master's is that the professors are very open to questions. They value your input during class and are supportive when you indicate having difficulties to catch up. The relationship between professors and students feels more informal than formal, which is really nice because it encourages reaching out when experiencing difficulties.
What do you find most challenging in your Master’s (specialisation)? Have you encountered any obstacles?
Block three was the most challenging in my opinion. Within this block, you start writing your research proposal for your thesis and follow two courses at the same time. While these courses were both mathematically a bit more intense, it was really important to keep up-to-date on the assignments. However, it was manageable with discipline, so don't let it doubt yourself.
Are you currently doing an internship? Or what is your thesis about?
I am currently writing my Master's thesis at the Nederlandsche Bank in Amsterdam. The internship gives me the possibility to combine acquired theoretical knowledge I obtained during my studies with practical experience. Moreover, it gives really nice insights into career prospects. Additionally, my thesis topic is highly relevant as my research relates to the changing pension system.
Why do you think is it important that there are people out there with this degree? What are your plans once have received your Master's degree?
I think completing this degree shows you are analytical, are able to solve difficult problems, and have a sufficient dose of perseverance. These characteristics are highly valuable to society, and ensure optimal decision making under time pressure with a lot of money at stake. After my studies I am starting a traineeship at APG, a large pension investment company, which am I highly looking forward to!