You are a Manager at the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) in New York City. What exactly do you do?
‘I’ve been working for the Ministry of Economic Affairs in New York City for almost five years now. We aim to help US companies with international expansion into the European market. Clearly, we try to make a case that the Netherlands is the ideal gateway to the European market.
My work focuses on building relationships with innovative companies and introducing them to potential Dutch partners and ecosystems. We do this with the aim of creating high-quality jobs in the Netherlands and further strengthening our knowledge economy.’
Is there anything you remember from your student days at our faculty that you still use in your work? If so, how?
‘If I had to name a general lesson from my uni days that’s stuck with me, it’s to always critically analyse a situation from different sides. This is something I learned, experienced and tried to apply throughout my studies, both in the lecture halls and beyond. I have found that this attitude helps hugely in performing my current job successfully, where there are often a lot of different interests.’
Do you have any advice or tips for current students?
‘It’s tough not to fall into clichés here, but study what you like and, most of all, try to pay attention to and spend time on doing what you find interesting outside studies. When I look back on my uni days, a hugely important part of what I learned was also a direct result of my experiences. Like at the ismus study association, where I got to be on the board for a year. I made friendships that were immensely valuable and still are today during my student days - even though we almost all live in other countries - eight years after I graduated.’
Finally, could you finish the following sentence, please? ‘Over the next five years, Nijmegen School of Management should focus on...
... continuing in the enormously positive direction of further internationalising the faculty. Particularly in studying Political Science and International Relations, ‘feeling’ the international influence also during lectures is indispensable. Former classmates of mine have ended up in international environments, almost without exception, and gaining that experience during your studies as well is of tremendous value.’