Our third alumni presented in the second series of Alumni of Psychology is Anne Oltvoort. She graduated from her master Conflict, Risk and Safety in 2018. She works as study adviser for the bachelor psychology at the University of Twente.
How long did it take to find your first job?
During my studies I worked as a student mentor. A few weeks before I graduated, the opportunity to replace one of the study advisers during her maternity leave, was offered. I have been working as a study adviser for psychology students since.
What are your tasks and responsibilities in your current job?
In my work I inform, assist and support students in different situations, for instance regarding: practical matters, the rules and regulations within the study programme, but also when students encounter study-related issues (study progress, study methods, planning, procrastination etc.) or personal/special circumstances. Further, I try to support students when they have to make choices.
What have you taken along your study which you now profit from?
I think the most important ‘skill’ I learned during my studies is to be not judgemental, but instead, to be open-minded and ask for more information.
What do you hope to achieve in your career?
I’ve been working for only one year now, and I’m learning every day. I hope to continue this learning process in the upcoming years, so that my communication skills will develop further. I’d like to achieve that students take a more reflective perspective on their own behaviour and thoughts.
If you think back to your study time, which memory comes to mind first?
The first memory that comes to my mind is one in which I’m together with the friends I made during the studies. We spent a lot of time together, sharing study-related issues, but we also shared a lot on a personal level, especially while having a Caramel Macchiato.
Which tips and tricks would you like to give to current students?
Are you unsure about decisions you have to make? Do you have doubts or are you not feeling happy? Talk about it! Talking can help you to order your thoughts. This, in turn, could help you in your decision process or to put things in perspective.
Any questions to Anne?
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Published: September 30, 2019