Ilse van de Kamp

It is nice to look at trends and movements in the cultural sector from a distance.

Ilse van de Kamp

Alumnus Arts, Culture and Society (2013)

  • Education: Leisure Management (BA) & Arts, Culture and Society (MA)
  • Graduated in: 2013
  • Current job: Program Producer at Pakhuis de Zwijger

“After I finished my bachelor in Leisure Management, I didn’t feel quite ready to start working. Also I wanted to deepen my knowledge about the cultural sector. A master was a logical choice. I had to do a premaster first, since I did my bachelor at a university of applied sciences (HBO). I ended up in a class with ten different girls, who came from similar bachelors. After that year we finished the master together. I am still in touch with a lot of them.”

From internship to real job

“I graduated during the economic crisis which had also had a lot of impact on the cultural sector. It was immediately clear that finding a job would be very difficult. That’s why I chose to do an internship for six months at the Dutch cultural platform Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. After my internship they offered me a job. I still work there as a program producer for the programming of the theme Creative Industries and our movie programming and I am still enjoying it. Together with my team and different partners like the Dutch Design Week, the Wim Crouwel Institute and World Press Photo we develop programs in the areas of design, architecture, entrepreneurship and photography. During my master I improved my writing skills significantly, from which I still benefit in my current job. Besides that it is nice to look at trends and movements in the sector from a distance, the so-called helicopter view. At the Pakhuis we are some sort of radar for new talent and extraordinary ideas and initiatives. The helicopter view is helpful in doing that.”

World outside university

“What I’d like to say to current and future students is: work hard and enjoy all the information you get to consume and all the reading you have to do. But also, don’t forget that there is a world outside the university. At HBO I got stimulated in thinking about my future at the labour market and about my own talents. They didn’t talk much about that stuff at the university and I saw a lot of students struggling with that when they were looking for a job. My tip is to visit as much readings, exhibitions and expositions as you can during your studies. That is where the making happens and where your future network is present.”

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