Currently I am a senior lecturer in Tourism Management at Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands. My daily tasks consist of coordinating the Level 3 course Destination Development & Management, supervising students and engaging in several (international) research projects.
After obtaining my MSc degree at Wageningen University I started my professional career as a lecturer in Tourism Management at INHOLLAND University of Applied Sciences. Subsequently I worked as a senior project manager at an advertising agency, before starting as a doctoral research student at the University of Bedfordshire. My research focused on Cold War heritage (and) tourism, focusing on Britain as the geographical context of my study.
Role of MLE in Career Development
MLE has without question broadened my perspective of tourism as a field of study, mechanism and industry. First of all, due to the multicultural classroom, engagement of the staff and interesting courses, the programme enriched and embedded a critical stance on key issues, challenges and debates within contemporary tourism studies. Moreover, the course has provided me with a deep understanding of tourism by introducing in-depth and critical analysis of tourism as a global and fast-changing phenomenon.
Strategic Choices Made
I was one of the founders of the study association Licere in 2005. We initiated the association with the intention to add social and study related activities to the MLE curriculum.
Advice for Future Graduates
I would advise current/future graduates to engage with topics that they are passionate about and to accept that, in most cases, progress is slow (but rewarding in the end). Also try to gain work experience, additional skills such as learning a language, and get to know the people that inspire you.