In this series, alumni of Esperia will tell about their jobs and career paths. This week, Lieke Wouterse, Chairman of the board 2013-2014 will tell about her job at a Dutch consultancy company!
Just like many of you, I didn’t know what kind of job I wanted or could have with a bachelor’s degree in ELC. All I knew was that I loved learning more about the European languages and cultures (in my case: French) and that the most common job choices like teacher or translator did not appeal to me. But then what?
I decided to do a master’s degree in Public Management because public governance and management or social issues had my interest too. In anticipation of my master, I created a bridge between linguistics and social issues by focusing my bachelor’s thesis on the use of adjectives by a left and extreme right French politician and how their use of adjectives shifted due to the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015. During my master I was able to use my knowledge of French language and culture to my advantage as well. For that thesis, I researched French policies and went abroad to France for several months which gave me access to additional French documents. Being able to do academic research in another language and understanding cultural and political or governmental differences has certainly been of great added value already during my master’s degree.
At the end of my master’s, I asked myself again: now what? And then I came across the perfect job offer for me. Since January 2018 I am working as a consultant for RadarAdvies. It’s a Dutch consultancy company that focuses on societal issues, amongst which the prevention of radicalisation. Commissioned by the European Commission, RadarAdvies has set up, supports and manages the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN). In this European project, I can use the knowledge and skills that I gained during ELC. This entails not only the language skills, but also cultural and political knowledge of Europe. It has also allowed me to present my work during French spoken events, or even do a workshop in French. Being able to work professionally in another language besides Dutch or English – especially within an EU context – makes ELC students stand out from others. I benefit on a nearly daily basis from the knowledge and skills I learned during my study of European Languages and Cultures, and hope to continue doing so throughout my career.
Want to know more? Feel free to contact me via https://www.linkedin.com/in/lieke-wouterse/.