In 2002, I started my bachelor Management, Economics and Consumer Studies (Bedrijfs- en Consumentenwetenschappen). Since the courses on marketing and consumer behaviour appealed to me most, I decided to go for the specialisation "Consumer".
Halfway my bachelor, I realised that I was looking for a bit more technical depth in my education. The Master Food Quality Management enabled me to combine the knowledge about supply chains, which I gained during my bachelor study, with subjects focused on food production and logistics. One of the advantages of Wageningen University is that you have a vast amount of freedom in setting your own course of the study, by choosing a specialisation and optional courses.
I have been an active member of the student association W.S.V. Ceres, which offered me countless unforgettable evenings as well as many good friendships and valuable experiences with organizing events and participating in teamwork. Furthermore, I was a member of AIESEC (organising the Make a Move Career Event), took part in the Race of the Classics (sailing race for students) and was involved in the alumni association KLV. For my thesis on "Capacity Building" (Food Quality Management on National/government level) I lived in Rome for three months, where I worked at the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN. I can definitely recommend this to anyone.
My studies gave me the ability to approach situations, problems and opinions from different angles, to combine theory with practice and to take initiative. Especially the last point is something that is not only developed within the walls of University, but by the whole experience of being a student in Wageningen.
I finished my study with an internship for Unilever and the World Food Programme in Africa. After my graduation, I spent a few months enjoying being back in the Netherlands and looking around for a job that would kick-start my career. In August 2008 I started as a Management Trainee Supply Chain at Heineken. This traineeship consists of three assignments, of which one is abroad. It offers me a good opportunity to get to know various aspects of the Heineken supply chain and quickly develop my professional skills with good coaching. Currently, I am still working on my first assignment, focussed on Supply Continuity Management. In February/March I am going to attend a brewing course at the University of California and start my assignment abroad afterwards.
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