Alumini - October Edition
This months alumni post starrs Rutger Burnink, who graduated just about a year ago. He is currently working as a teacher in the department of Communication Science at the University of Twente and gives lectures on academic writing and presenting skills to students of Communication Science but also to Psychology, Health Science, and Business Administration students. After completing the bachelors program of communication science, Rutger decided to follow through with a master in ‘Corporate Communication’ at the University of Twente, since he always had an high interest in communication within organizations. The study program offers a variety of topics, including marketing communication, crisis communication, reputation management, technical communication, and cultural communication and provides a variety of knowledge in the field of communication in general.
Since the communication science program is more internationally orientated now a days then it was when he took part in the educational program, it evokes a very international environment. It enables students and himself to become familiar with new (cultural) perspectives, as well as to meet people from all over the world.
Working as a teacher for the University offers many relations to the program itself but at the same time provides many challenges as he was writing a research proposal for a Dutch research institution (NWO) together with a colleague of his.
To conclude this short article about one of our alumnis we asked for any advice he could give us regarding our study. The two top advices from are: read the newspaper and follow the news to find out what kind of communication problems we are facing today. Secondly, take the chance of doing an internship in the 3rd year to gain as many insights in the working field of a communication professional as possible. Additionally it will give you a better idea about what to do in the future.
Name: Rutger Brunink
Graduation date: 31 st of August, 2017
Obviously, graduating on the final day of the academic year was no coincidence. Since I got hired as a teacher in the department of Communication Science while writing my master thesis, I had to finish my study before the start of the new academic year. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed working on my master thesis, as well as giving a presentation to my family, friends and supervisors (who are now my colleagues…).
I did the complete bachelor program of Communication Science, as well as the master Communication Studies at the University of Twente. When I started studying Communication Science in 2013, the bachelor program was quite different
compared to the current program. Even though I was able to apply my knowledge in projects and group assignments, most of the projects were different than the present ones. Also, all my fellow students came from the Netherlands or Germany, and the main language was Dutch. Since the current bachelor program is internationally oriented, students come from all over the world and the main language is English. Personally, I really like this international environment, because it enables me to become familiar with new (cultural) perspectives, as well as to meet people from all over the world. After finishing the bachelor program, I decided to do the master ‘Corporate Communication’ at the
University of Twente. Since I have always been interested in communication within organizations (especially communication between people working with a new technology in an organization), my choice for this master track was not really difficult. Next to the content and the topics of the master program, my decision to continue studying in Enschede was based on the pleasant environment at the university, as well as on my personal preference for the city Enschede.
What I liked most:
What I liked most about the study Communication Science is that I got introduced to a variety of topics, including (but definitely not limited to) marketing communication, crisis communication, reputation management, technical communication, and cultural communication. After three years of studying, I really had the idea that I had gained a lot of knowledge in the field of communication. Interestingly, I also had the impression that I was able to rely on and use this
knowledge in my master, in which I further developed my knowledge about corporate communication.
What I am currently doing:
Nowadays, I am a teacher in the department of Communication Science at the University of Twente. I mainly give lectures on academic writing and presenting skills. Besides giving lectures to students Communication Science, I teach Psychology students, Health Science students, and Business Administration students. When I was a student, academic writing and presenting skills were also part of the curriculum. In that sense, my work is closely related to the study program I participated in. Nevertheless, there are many new things I have learned in my first period as being a teacher. For example, last month I wrote a research proposal for a Dutch research institution (NWO) together with a colleague of mine. Since this was something completely new to me, it was quite challenging and exciting! In short, I really enjoy my work! Especially giving lectures and interacting with students (e.g., giving feedback or just having a small talk before the lecture starts) is something I really like. Honestly, I always go to work with a satisfied and blessed feeling.
My advices for students Communication Science: Actually, I have two advices for students Communication Science. Firstly, I definitely advise students to read newspapers, to follow the news, and to discuss relevant and current topics. In my eyes, this is not only important to find out what kind of (communication) problems we are facing nowadays, but it also helps students to relate topics of the study program to real-life events. Secondly, I really believe in the added value of doing an internship in the third year of bachelor program. I also did an internship in the first semester of my third year, and this really helped me to discover how you can apply your knowledge, insights, and skills in practice. Next to that, due to this internship, I got a better idea about what I would like to do in the future, as well as what I am not interested in.