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Podcast - Out of the Box | Episode 3: Vincent Blok - Health care manager turned philosopher (Gesprek)

woensdag 22 februari 2023Plaats in mijn agenda
vanaf 12:00
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Radboud Reflects and Radboud Young Academy
Philosopher Vincent Blok

Some left, others returned, but they all share one thing: they cannot stop being an academic. Radboud Young Academy and Radboud Reflects present a podcast series on scholars and scientists who take the road less travelled. They started companies, they managed large organizations, or they advised the minister on educational policies. What do they value in contemporary academic practice? What should change? And how do they view the role universities ought to play in society?

Episode 3: Health care manager turned philosopher

After graduating, philosopher Vincent Blok could not find a position in the clogged academic world. He ended up in various manager roles, especially in the health care sector. Yet, he had not forgotten the ivory tower he loved so much. When he got the chance to join a business administration department, he made the switch. He became a full-time philosopher, studying and teaching business ethics.

Vincent Blok compares working in academia with working as a manager. ‘What I like the most,’ Blok says about his current position, ‘is that I can learn new things, engage with new topics, and interact with new ideas every day.’ As a place that fosters curiosity, Blok cherishes the university. Yet, it is also an institution built on a competitive and individualistic system that can ask a lot from its employees. ‘Personally, as an individual,’ Blok admits, ‘I loved that system when I re-entered.’

About the speaker

Vincent BlokVincent Blok is a philosopher at Wageningen University & Research. He worked as a manager in the health care sector.

Also listen to:

Episode # 1: Floris Heukelom - Economist turned care farm owner

Episode # 2: Kinga Matula - Physical chemist turned startup CEO

Episode #4: Channah Herschberg - social scientist turned policy officer

This is a podcast of Radboud Reflects and Radboud Young Academy.