Who can better tell you what to expect during the BSSA program then our students? Every week we share their experiences. Where do they professionally come from and where are they now? This week’s up Roemer Weerkamp (Growth Hacking by The Talent Institute).
‘In one week of summer school about entrepreneurship it felt like I’ve learned more than in my four years of study.’
How did you get in touch with the BSSA?
I studied Work and Organizational Psychology at the UvA. Because I didn’t really know what I wanted to do next, after I graduated, I applied for a summer school entrepreneurship. In this week of summer school it felt like I learned more than in my four years of study. It was definitely a better match. With a partner I started to write a business plan, but I found out that I didn’t have the experience or hard skills needed. That’s why I applied for the Growth Hacking course.
How do you experience the programme so far?
It’s really awesome and I even think it’s too short. There is so much to learn concerning Growth Hacking. It is very wide and there are a lot of tools. We have now been given the cream of the crop, but through experience you learn the most. And that’s what’s so cool about this programme: first a month of full-time classes and then training on the job.
In the whole period I’m going to learn the hard skills that I signed up for, also through constant practising. Besides I’ve experienced the growth hacking mindset; concrete, targeted and focused thinking, taking small steps and performing a lot of experiments. My traineeship is at iLost.nl, an online platform for Lost and Found. What is great about a startup is that you can really affect how business is going. You can talk to the CEO for instance. iLost is a great company that will grow incredibly fast in the near future. It’s cool to be a part of that.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
As an entrepreneur, but even as growth hacker, which is a very good introduction to entrepreneurship. I believe that if you want to have your own business, like me, then you need a picture of everything that’s involved: for instance, the customers, the product, the marketing etc. Growth Hacking can give you that.