Sophie van den Noort

Sophie van den Noort

Name                                   : Sophie van den Noort
Current job title                : sales development representative at Optimizely
Year of graduation           : 2014
Nationality                         : Dutch 

Why did you choose this MSc?
“I chose the MScBA Master in Management because I felt that it provided both academic depth and practical relevance. Also, the eclectic student body, both in terms of academic background and in terms of culture, provides a window of both professional and personal growth.”  

How would you describe the programme and RSM?
“The programme is highly diverse and quite challenging, not just because of its high academic workload, but also because you are expected to collaborate with peers that have different academic backgrounds and tend to take different approaches to questions and assignments at hand. In addition, the consultancy project in particular takes you out of the higher level, academic research based courses and into the practical relevance of the acquired knowledge. RSM is a valued and highly ranked business school and its professors do it justice. The management for our programme was very engaged and actively worked on improving the courses, in which student feedback played a key role. RSM also provides many networking opportunities, even after graduation.”  

What was the biggest challenge in this master?
“The biggest challenges in this master are two-fold: the first is the high workload, which is unusual compared to many other Dutch master programmes, and the second is that some courses are more challenging than others depending on what type of background you had before. As it is such a multidisciplinary programme, previous students of quantitative programmes may struggle with courses that focus more on qualitative discourse analysis from multiple perspectives, whereas students from social or humanities science type backgrounds may struggle more with courses like statistics or management science.”  

What made the greatest impression?
“The most valuable part of this course is the consultancy project, which takes all the acquired knowledge and multidisciplinary teams and puts it in a real-life perspective. The opportunity to work with real business leaders and solve some of their current cases at hand prepares students for life after four to six years of academia and jumpstarts networking capabilities. It is a huge opportunity that I'm very grateful for.”  

How did your studies at RSM shape your career?
“The programme is above anything an exercise in all the different ways that you can contribute to a company, and the different types of projects and challenges you can encounter over time. Especially learning to work with different cultures, backgrounds and personalities is a fact of life for the international careers most RSM students seek to advance into. It also teaches you about the different types of companies there are, and what kinds of dynamics you can expect. I work at a fast-paced company barely out of the start-up stage, and I love it. It's important to think about the type of company you'd like to build your career in, and not just about your next role, but more importantly: the one that comes after that.”  

What are your future plans?
“In the future, I will continue to work internationally, travel more, keep up with my international friends, and inspire others to take a chance on newer industries.”