Barbara Grijns


The appeal of a diverse work package

What I do at Kessels & Smit cannot be summed up in a few words. My work is multifaceted and I'm a real connector. One half of my work is concerned with internal organisation with all its ins and outs. This involves taking care of new members of staff and trainees, dealing with sickness absence, organising joint meetings - that sort of thing. I'm one of the people who potential K&S clients speak to when they call or visit the office, and I also play an integral role in the development of the Go-team in terms of its further operational independence.


The other half of my work is involved in external organisation. I'm involved in various coordinating and programmatic activities for the FCE Corporate Learning Course. I take part in joint projects with consultants in a supportive and coordinating role. This might be anything from writing up development centre reports to organising research activities (such as arranging and participating in interviews).



What's so appealing about my work is its diversity - and I love diverse things. However, there's always a niggling doubt in my mind as to whether I should concentrate my efforts more in one particular area.


I started working at K&S shortly after completing my Bachelor's course in Marketing and International Business Studies.


Because of the level of freedom for personal development within the company, there has been plenty of scope for deepening and broadening existing skills. I've learned alot and gained new skills and knowledge in terms of coordinating and organising. Working at K&S has strongly influenced the way in which I perceive things and interact with them in the workplace. What was once a purely externalised, distanced approach to work and education, has now become internalised and integrated with the inner me. It's become a 'way of being'.


This way of perceiving and interacting is something I want to hold on to and increasingly integrate into internal and external projects. The wide spectrum of activities will remain, but the particular roles I fulfil and my own approach to my work will change according to who I am and the repertory of skills I've accumulated up to that point. The nature of the work will then also change.

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