Our nineteenth alumni presented in this series of Alumni of Psychology is Lianne Groen. She graduated from the master Positive Psychology & Technology (2016) and Educational Science & Technology (EST, 2017). She works at Nehem, a small educational consultancy company.
How long did it take to find your first job?
When I graduated in 2017, I already had my student job as a regional manager for a student organization. Since I enjoyed the work I did there, I made the choice to continue that job while looking for an ‘official’ job. I think it took me about one or two months of responding to vacancies until I found my current job.
What are your tasks and responsibilities?
At Nehem, we consult in innovative educational projects. In these projects, educational organizations, companies and the government collaborate to improve the quality of learning. These projects range from small projects, spanning a few months, to projects that take one or more years. As an advisor at Nehem, I provide support ranging from the development, performance to the accountability of these projects. Therefore, the tasks and responsibilities vary depending on the project and range from project development, project management and providing educational support, to also advising about funding, organizing events or developing e-learning material. This is what makes my job varied and interesting.
What have you taken along your study which you now profit from?
The professional and scientific attitude I developed, allows me to reflect and analyze situations or conversations critically and to act accordingly. Furthermore, the consulting techniques I learned are useful to me on a daily basis, both in work as well as in my personal life.
What do you hope to achieve in your career?
I hope I can be of value in supporting many successful projects, and to develop my skills to become an experienced consultant.
If you think about you study time, which memory comes up first?
The freedom to experience so many things, studying and living on the campus, the yearly Batavierenrace, Kick-in and great parties. And of course, getting to know people that are still good friends of mine.
Which tips and tricks would you like to give to current students?
Profit from the many possibilities and interesting offers being a student provides you, like going abroad or doing a board year. If you find something you are interested in, try to find an internship or to become a student-assistant. I worked as a student-assistant in multiple projects, like tutoring freshman and providing support in educational research and learned a lot from it. Those jobs are often flexible and good to combine with your study or graduation project. You gain experience and it pays good as well, win-win situation!
Lianne graduated writing a two masterthesis’. In her psychology master thesis she investigates the fitness of a training on an iPad, to improve the executive functions of children with a mental disability. Her EST master’s thesis focused on the development of guidelines for the integration of instruction in multimedia drills for learning to spell, in a design-based research.
Any questions to Lianne?
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Published: May 27th, 2019