I come from the south of the Netherlands, where I grew up with my parents Ietje and Ger, my big brother Maarten and my sister Mariette. During my high school years I was an enthusiastic swimmer, I remember doing the morning training at 6.15 six days a week. No idea how that happened, nowadays it’s a struggle to drag myself out of bed at 7.30.
After my diploma, I moved to Rotterdam to start University. After two years of struggling with boredom, I finally admitted Dutch Law wasn’t my thing. In the meantime I did find another way to spend my days, namely in the rowing boat. I rediscovered discipline and trained again 10 times a week. After my own rowing career (although career sounds more spectacular than it was), I coached teams for two more years. I love the competitiveness and team spirit that goes with it.
In the meantime I started – and finished – to study Psychology in Leiden. In the final year, I chose masters in Social & Organizational Psychology, I did my internship at ING Human Resources. And one thing led to the other.
I followed the general management traineeship, saw many sides of the company (Marketing, Channels) and found my first “real” job at Product management. Since the recent reorganization I am allowed to call myself “Chapter Lead,” in the “Tribe Payment Services.” When I try to explain that to my friends and family, I tend not to get through to the end of my sentence as they start laughing at my face. And I can’t blame them, those terms sounds silly when you hear them outside of the jungle book cartoon. But the great thing is that they mix together so nicely!
I still live in Rotterdam, I love that city. Still love to do sport (running, cycling, whatever) but love to have food & drinks with friends even more.
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2 thoughts on “ABOUT MARIJKE”
I’ve discovered your blog while looking for more information about the Chapter Lead role.
I love how you write about a professional topic with such irony!
I will have an interview for the role of Chapter lead in few weeks and would love if you have time for a 20 minutes Skype Call to share your experience!
Hope to hear from you soon.
Cheers from Zürich
Ik heb jouw NS business kaart gevonden denk ik op Utrecht cs. Kan dit kloppen?
Mail me even.