Driving towards a next step in your career at TU/e

Driving towards a next step in your career at TU/e

Are you interested in developing into a new role at TU/e? Then you will surely find inspiration during this panel with:

  • Floortje de Groot, who went from management assistant​ to HR advisor.
  • Yves Houben, who went from working at GA, CEC, M&CS, ME, and fulfilling roles at IMS, RE, and IE&IS to chain manager Teacher Support and Manager ESA at Mechanical Engineering.
  • Jan Sanders, who went from Business Controller at IE&IS and DML, to Corporate Controller at F&C.

Please read their full profiles below and sign up for your dose of inspiration! Find out how Floortje, Yves, and Jan advanced to another role, what they learned from it and what difficulties they encountered. Marle de Jonge will moderate the discussion. The panels will be in English unless all of those present speak Dutch.


Floortje de Groot - panel member

Floortje de Groot started working at TU/e in 2007 as an experienced management assistant at the department board Biomedical Engineering. After 5 years she wanted to gain new experiences to broaden her horizon within TU/e, so she switched to being a management assistant in a research group. After several years, when her responsibilities at home shifted since her three daughters were growing up, she initiated a career change and decided to pursue a position as HR advisor. But as a management assistant she was lacking the right background to be eligible for that career step. With the support of TU/e a tailored program was built to support her ambition. Next to her work at TU/e, she started the 4-year bachelor program Human Resources Management at Fontys University of Applied Sciences. At the same time, she shifted from being a management assistant to HR officer at HR Services at TU/e. This enabled her part-time studies and made it possible to gain experience in the HRM work field. After 4 years Floortje obtained her HRM bachelor degree cum laude and she has been working as an HR advisor at TU/e ever since.

Yves Houben - panel member

Yves Houben (35) is currently working as chain manager Teacher Support and Manager ESA Mechanical Engineering. Next to his TU/e roles he runs a coffee workshop company (Coffee Experiences) and is developer and trainer for several training companies. He is married, lives in Helmond and enjoys participating in Improv theater. After his TU/e Bachelor Mathematics he participated in the 3TU master Science education and communication. His employment at TU/e started in 2005 and it looks like he has a stamp card with departments and services, because he worked for: General Affairs, Communication Expertise Center, department M&CS and ME, and fulfilled roles for IMS, Real Estate and department IE&IS. During his TU/e career he led a nation wide STEM program for childcare and developed himself in serious games and the world of crime-fighting. These games vary from table-top to entire learning and development centers based on experience-based learning.

Jan Sanders - panel member

Jan Sanders is 62 years young and has been employed at TU/e for 3 years. He previously worked at Rabobank in positions in control, operations, management and audit at both local and central units. The last 2 years at Rabobank he started looking around for a different work environment and took broadening courses such as Lean Green belt and Scrummaster. In summer 2019 his interest was raised by the position of business controller at TUe. He has been fulfilling this role for the past three years at the department IE&IS and DML. Recently, he made the move to the corporate control team within F&C, yet another environment. Switching regularly brings him new energy and insights and keeps him up to date.

Marle de Jonge - moderator

Marle de Jonge is a program organizer and presenter. She has a background in neuroscience and science communication and works for TU/e’s Studium Generale. Here she organizes lectures, discussions and other activities at the interface of science and society.