Insights from a MSc student - Michiel Steensma

Insights from a MSc student - Michiel Steensma

Name: Michiel Steensma          
Home city and country: Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Current programme: MSc in Human Resource Management (HRM)
Previous studies: Sociology

What do you like most about your MSc programme?

The overall quality of the lectures, the professors, the content, the fellow students I work with, and the inspiration these aspects give me.

Which moment of the MSc programme is most memorable to you?

There’s not one particular moment that’s most memorable, since there are so many that could qualify. From the top of my head, the moment I realised that all my classmates are really great people, or that some topics were so interesting that I would read about them in my free time, were great moments. On a more individual level, I remember the moment that I was admitted to the honours class, that I ensured my cum laude level and how each team-work experience was challenging and fulfilling at the same time. 

What was your favourite course and why?

I have three courses that qualify as my most favourite courses. In all three, the content, lectures and the professors made the courses very interesting. Current Issues in HRM is led by a professor that makes sure you’re sharp and prepared for each lecture. He asks student difficult, direct questions in class and he expects concrete answers. Although this approach is quite confronting, it does allow you to follow a steep learning curve.

The High Performance Leadership and Motivation course is very well constructed. There is a logical structure in the subject matter that you’re studying and the classes are interactive with lots of applications to the daily practice of your future career.

Despite these great courses, I will choose the first course, Managing People in Organisations, as my favourite. The course literally discusses all relevant subjects in HR, so it stays interesting and it’s a great way to be prepared for the rest of the year. It’s a compliment also to the lecturer that can make or break a course and he definitely keeps the class involved in the lecture. The main reason though for mentioning this course as my favourite instead of the other two, is that teamwork in every course is a main part of the total. I enjoyed the assignment in this course the most, since you had the choice among all relevant HR topics to base your report on. 

Do you have any advice for future MSc students?

The study is organised in such a way that it is possible to achieve excellent study results with 30-35 hours of work per week. This means that you have time to do extra-curricular activities and my advice is to take that opportunity. In addition, my advice would be to enjoy the year. You’re going to follow courses that are interesting, challenging and interactive. You’re going to work with students that have similar interests and goals. And you will be given a lot of opportunities to prove yourself and get a head start for your future career.

What are you planning to do after your MSc programme and what are your long-term plans?

I have enjoyed my study time long enough, so I’m planning to immediately start working when I graduate, preferably even before that. I would like to start with a traineeship where I can further develop my skills for the next two years. In the future, I would like to work on an international level for a company that involves HR in its strategic decisions.