After completing a bachelor's degree in communication management in Amsterdam, I worked as a brand manager for a Dutch food distributor. At that time, I already had two concrete goals in mind: to do a master's degree and to work for a large multinational company. My master's degree in international management at IUBH was a milestone along my way to achieving these goals – combined with voluntary work and gaining relevant professional experience.
Parallel to studying for my master’s degree at IUBH, I worked part-time as a student-worker in the marketing department of Foodora. I also worked as a brand manager and consultant for the Broderick's Brothers, a family-run cookie brand based in Dublin. I was part of the team responsible for the successful launch of the brand in the Dutch market. I continued to advise Broderick's on how to continue their success in the Netherlands. Additionally, I wrote my master's thesis for Broderick's: I investigated how the company could successfully establish its brand in the German market. I completed my master's degree summa cum laude and won the Best Academic Performance Award. What helped me to do all this? Firstly, I believe that you can achieve whatever you want if you make a firm commitment and are willing to dedicate yourself to it. Secondly, I have a true passion for marketing and brands.
Immediately after completing my master's degree at IUBH, I achieved my dream of joining a multinational company: I applied online for a vacancy at Nestlé and passed the multi-stage recruitment process. I now work as Junior Brand Manager for Nestlé Professional where I manage their food service brands, including CHEF, Maggi Professional, Garden Gourmet and Buitoni. My responsibilities include commercial marketing and brand communication. My focus is on online marketing, project and event management, activations, promotions and the development and implementation of brand campaigns.
The international perspective that I developed during my studies at IUBH helps me tremendously in my everyday professional life. During my master's degree programme I learned how international companies work strategically and how they operate locally. Every country, every market, every target group is different and requires a specific marketing and communication strategy. Studying at IUBH provides an opportunity to develop the ability to work with people from different cultures - after all, students come from all over the world. In addition, the marketing curriculum in particular covers a wide range of subjects, but at the same time goes into depth and combines theory with practice. IUBH also has excellent professors who really make the university as great as it is.
In general, my tip for career planning is this: try to find out what your true passion is and try to integrate it into your studies and career. Simply love what you do, so you can do what you love!