After getting my MBO-4 diploma in journalism and (online) media, I found out that HBO wasn’t exactly my cup of tea – in other words: I quit. Bills were stacking and without any job experience nobody wanted to hire me at 22, even with my diploma. I wish they told me that when I was still in school. With all the volunteering experience I had, people told me I have an amazing CV, but just not what they were looking for.
Someone I worked with closely during the internship I had for journalism met up with me for coffee, and gave me a push in the right direction. I was a bit hesitant to go into a different direction, but decided to just go for it. I threw myself in the deep end and applied for SkillsUP Lab. I knew absolutely nothing about Excel, except SUM meant… Something?
At the SkillsUP Lab I managed to learn Excel and SQL faster than I expected. It was uncomfortable at first. Strange new people, being the youngest and doing something I’ve never done before felt weird. I came to terms with it, however, after taking time to get to know my peers.
Besides, I learned some personal skills they neglected to teach me in school. Self leadership, interview training, self neutrality, presentation skills, you name it. I was the first one to get an internship. I learned a lot during my time at Offcourse_, especially in the web development field. Everything helped me grow as a person on both a technical and personal level.
I have to say, I’m glad I made this step, and I have so many more steps to go.