Tom van Berkel

Tom van Berkel

Name                                  : Tom van Berkel
Current job title               : Account executive at Salesforce
Year of graduation          : 2015 
Nationality                        : Dutch 

Why did you choose this MSc?
“I chose this master because technology is reshaping our future in a pace like never before. The possibilities that the innovations of today offer are endless. By studying business information management I knew I would be ensured of having the right skill set to join this digital revolution.”  

How would you describe the programme and RSM?
“The programme is challenging and entertaining, bringing together theoretical insights with the practical skills of doing an internship or building an application from scratch. RSM is a name highly valued by future employers and will definitely help you enter the job market rapidly.”  

What was the biggest challenge in this master?
“There’s a wide variety of group assignments in which you work together with people with different cultures, objectives and study paces. Many times, assignments are ongoing at the same time, while group compositions are almost always different. It’s definitely a challenge to manage all these group assignments, keep everyone in the group engaged and celebrate different opinions and perspectives all at the same time.”  

What made the greatest impression?
“The programme allowed me to do a practical internship at one of the biggest technology companies in the world. This internship was a combination of a course and my master thesis, in which I could build a theorethical framework and apply that to a real-life practical environment.”  

How did your studies at RSM shape your career?
“I actually met my current employer on campus during the Erasmus Recruitment Days, a yearly event with many of the top-notch businesses looking for talent at RSM and Erasmus University Rotterdam. I kept in touch with the recruiter and was employed straight after my MSc.”  

What are your future plans?
“In the short term I want to deepen my knowledge of the cloud industry, which is ready to take off in the Netherlands. In the long term my plan is to give back to the community and leverage on technology to solve problems that society is currently facing.”