Interview: Secretary & Vice-President Ilse

Interview: Secretary & Vice-President Ilse

Who are you?
My name is Ilse van Klooster, I am 24 years old and I'm studying the master ‘Industrial Dynamics and Strategy’ at the ESE.

What is your function and what does it entail?
I am the Secretary and Vice-President of the MAEUR (Sec/VP). This means that I am mainly responsible for the members of the MAEUR and our alumni network. Every year, the MAEUR organizes three big alumni events: The Former-Board Dinner, The Reunion and another event which is variable. This year we choose to organize a wine tasting! Besides these alumni events, the Sec/VP is also responsible for the Activity Committee, the organization of two General Member Assemblies and the well-known Constitution Drink/Dies Natalies (a drink on which we celebrate our initiation as a board and the association’s birthday). All the internal organization tasks such as booking rooms for the committees, writing the newsletter and controlling the database with all our members fall under the responsibility of the Sec/VP.

What made you choose to apply for the MAEUR board?
The first reason why I applied for a board year at the MAEUR is because I wanted to gain more real working experience. I felt that during a board year I would be able to further develop my practical skills. Next to that, I also wanted to expand my network, since as of next year I’ll be starting my professional working life! A board year will bring you in contact with numerous interesting companies via networking events, drinks and conferences. The third reason for me to have chosen for a board year at the MAEUR is because I wanted to have an amazing last year of my life as a student (I decided to combine the board year with my master, which is possible but challenging). The last reason is probably the most obvious: it is a great advantage to have a board year on your CV!

Describe the day in the life of a Secretary and Vice-President
I start my day at 9 a.m. with a cup of fresh mint thee and a large breakfast. While eating, I open my laptop to check my MAEUR e-mail account. I like to do this as the first thing in the morning because it gives a good feeling when I cleared out my inbox. When I have answered all the e-mails, I open my “to-do” list for the day and work on the tasks. Some days this will take the whole day and other days this only takes a few hours. Every day is different for me, so it’s hard to describe how a general day looks like. But often it is filled with work for the MAEUR, meetings, lectures and study time but also with very exciting things such as events, conferences, and drinks. In the evening, I try to go to the gym or to go running. Most days, I come home at around 10 or 11 p.m. and end my day with a glass of wine while watching some TV.

What did you learn from this experience?
Organizing and planning are what I learned most. When you have to combine a master study with a board year, you have to learn to organize and plan everything perfectly. At the start of the year, bad planning often resulted in a big mess, I wasn’t used to having the whole day fully planned. During the year I learned how to manage all my work and how to do all my tasks efficiently. These skills are vital to have when you start working.

What did you enjoy most about this board this year?
What I enjoyed the most during this year is the friendship. Because we all work very hard and close together to organize great events for our members, we get to know each other very well. This way, an amazing friendship has developed between all of us. Besides office hours we also like to do a lot of other things together such as meeting each other’s parents, celebrating “Sinterklaas” and Christmas together, going on city trips, holding game nights and much more! For me, this is the best thing about a board year and this is also the main reason why I would highly recommend it to everyone!

What is your next destination?
At the moment I am orientating for a job. Hence, I hope that after this board year I can say I found a job that fits me. However, traveling is also still an option for me thus don’t be surprised if by next year I am eating noodles somewhere in Asia or snowboarding in Canada.

Interested in becoming the next Secretary and Vice-President of the Marketing Association EUR? Feel free to contact Ilse ( if you have any questions. For general information about the board and the available positions, you can read the brochure. Click here to apply for the 49th board! The deadline is the 14th of May