Chris is an Instructional Designer at Philips in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
WHY DID YOU CHOoSE THE PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAMME AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE?
I chose Psychology because of my broad interest in how humans function and the UT programme because of its emphasis on things like human factors, experimental psychology and cognitive psychology. These topics spark my interest more than the emotional side of clinical psychology.
WHAT DOES YOUR WORK INVOLVE?
After completing the Psychology programme I went to work at Philips as an Instructional Designer. I share the responsibility for developing technical training (together with content experts), learning methods and company strategies – so-called 'life-long-learning'. Within this framework I have a broad spectrum of responsibilities and challenges.
What helps me especially is my knowledge of the 'tools' with which our brains are equipped – its possibilities and restrictions. This helps me explore didactic possibilities and performance support measures. My knowledge of methods, such as needs and context analysis, and educational (design) models gives me the speed I need to keep up with the dynamics of a multinational company.
WHAT ARE YOUR AMBITIONS?
My ambitions lie primarily in getting more depth and breadth in my field. I want to get better at it, while also brushing up on related fields, like business administration and project management.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR FUTURE STUDENTS?
Don't look at passing your exams as a goal, but as a means. For every subject you study, ask yourself: "What will I specifically be able to do with this knowledge later?", "What added values do I later want to have in the professional context I am aiming for?" These are hard questions to answer when you are sitting in a lecture hall, but trust me, it is a meaningful exercise. The gap between theory and practice is often big and it is up to you to close the gap. I think that that should be the point of your studies. Even if you can only do it partially, it still undoubtedly will help to make you a very interesting candidate during your first job interviews.