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Mirjam Kleijweg

“When my department was disbanded, I lost the job that I liked so much. It was hard to get on with my life after that experience. As a former human resources adviser, I know everything about work and career, but I found it difficult to take an objective look at myself and see new opportunities. I worked with Aletta to find my own path, and what she offered me was more than straight, practical career coaching. What's typical of the way Aletta works is she takes the whole person into account. By doing that, our conversations got personal, and we delved into the essence of who I am and where I want to go in my working life.

It is powerful to talk with someone who understands where you come from. Aletta knows exactly what the complex academic world is like. I did not have to explain anything to her, so we got to the bottom of things quickly. Our talks helped me to let go of my old job and to look forward instead. Aletta is very interested in who you are, and she's truly committed. That has helped me regain my confidence. Today, I'm very happy to be a student again; I am training in fund-raising and sponsorship. This step has made me so proud because it's a decision that I made on my own.

During our sessions, Aletta made me feel welcome and comfortable. I know I can call her between sessions if needed, the atmosphere is always relaxed, and her office is in a nice inspiring neighborhood in Delft. Everything is just right. This whole process has made me regain perspective because I can now take charge of my own future. I'm very thankful for Aletta's help.”

December 2016

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