Student Experience Sophie // Content Creation by De Upstarter

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 Sophie Siemerink (Content Creation by De Upstarter)

‘You’re not going to be someone, you are someone!’

How did you get in touch with the BSSA?

I was freelancing as a graphic designer for a political campaign. On the last day of my job, Mariette (co-founder of De Upstarter and teacher of the Content Creation course) took over my office. We started talking about our jobs. At that time I was kind of lost in what I wanted to do. And l was looking for a real job instead of just being insecure as a freelancer. This all happened on Thursday and the next Monday I started the BSSA program. It was the perfect opportunity to grow my network and do something new. 

How do you experience the program so far?

I’ve studied in media, but when I started, social media wasn’t as big as it is now. So this course is a good follow up on my education. Besides, I’ve gained a lot of confidence about my work. I used to be very insecure about it. I’ve worked in a place where my skills weren’t valued and important. Now I see that the work we’re doing is valuable and I can work in a lot of places.

I love my internship at Johnny Wonder. It feels like I have found my place and I hope I can stay. The culture of the company is awesome. It is really small and they gave me responsibilities right away, which means they trust people. I hope I can learn a lot more of what I haven’t been doing before. But at the same time I hope that the platform we’re building within the course is going to be huge.

 Where do you see yourself in the future?

As a Content Creator! I want to come up with concepts and campaigns and then actually make it. This morning I had a coffee date with Joep from De Koeckebackers. He said: ‘You’re not going to be someone, you are someone!’ And I realised I am.