Testimonial Anne Luijt
“Providing first-hand support to parents and children”
“I was interested in family studies early on, even when I was doing my bachelor's in Education and Child Studies, so when I had to decide on a master's I already knew it would be something along those lines. My main motivation for choosing the specialisation in Child and Family Studies was that I like the direct contact with children, and being able to give first-hand help to families that need support.
The master's is made up of a mix of statistical and educational subjects, together with a master's project...
After graduating, it was time to look for a job. I did an internship at the local council offices in Leiden and through that found a temporary job with the Area Health Authority, in the Public Youth Care department. I got into that via a work experience placement in the Health Promotion department (that deals with prevention and information). While there, I helped produce an information website for professionals who work with parents and children. Unfortunately, cutbacks meant that there was no permanent position available, but it did give me a lot of relevant experience. I still have good contacts within the department, so you never know what the opportunities may be in the future. I know now that this is the kind of area I want to work in.
The MSc in Child and Family Studies really does train you to become a researcher. I can definitely recommend this master's to students who want to combine researching and treating problems within the family.”
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