How has your Master’s degree in International and Comparative Education prepared you for your current position?

I currently work on VET policy for the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in the Netherlands. The Master’s degree has taught me how to look at policy documents from a wider perspective and from different angles. Whenever I am in a meeting, I immediately start comparing our policy documents with other countries, which is definitely something I would not have been able to do so quickly without the degree. My colleagues notice this as well, and even though I only started in September, they already come to me for sources supporting a global standpoint to include in their policy documents and notes to parliament.  

Have you made a career change since obtaining your Master’s degree in International and Comparative Education?

I used to be a teacher in primary education, but I decided I wanted to contribute to education on a higher, more efficient level. That is when I started the Master’s degree in ICE. After I finished my Master’s thesis I applied for a wide range of traineeships and was lucky enough to get a relevant placing at our Ministry of Education. I have also applied abroad a lot and I do feel that this degree prepares you to find all sorts of jobs in any country.