What have I done!?

Thesis struggles

Being a student is awesome, if you leave high school and move away from your parents you gain a lot of freedom and you do whatever you like. But of course you are going to a different stage in your life that also contains new responsibilities.
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Euro-rage: anti-austerity riots against the ECB

Last week, during the opening of its new 1.3 billion euros headquarters building in Frankfurt, violent protests broke out outside the offices of the European Central Bank (ECB). Hundreds of protestors were detained, after police cars were set on fire and windows were shattered. The demonstration, which was organized by the anti-capitalist movement “Blockupy”, was aimed at the so-called “troika”, consisting of the ECB, the IMF and the European Commission. It is responsible for imposing and monitoring the austerity program that should solve the Greek government debt crisis. 


The Active Members Weekend

At the weekend of February 27th –March 1st , one of the highlights of the academic year took place for the active members of Asset | Economics: the Active Members Weekend (AMW), organized by the Activities Committee. It goes without saying that this weekend was full of partying, fun activities and alcohol, but also of little sleep, bad music, hangovers and fat food. Despite that, everybody had a great time and that’s why the weekend deserves a review.

EBT blog post

EBT connects

Prepare today, stand out tomorrow. It sounds like a cliché, but it is undeniably the truth. It is not self-evident anymore that you will land a job immediately after you graduated. If you want that job you have been dreaming of, you should prepare yourself on the challenges ahead on the job market. Because of the mass of students graduating every year, recruiters set high standards which make it challenging to stand out of the crowd.


Interview Gijs Vereijken

Gijs Vereijken just received his Master of Economics, Netspar track, from Tilburg University. He completed his thesis project at the Dutch pension provider PGGM and Rabobank on the topic of “Balance sheet alliances between Dutch banks and pension funds.” Gijs is currently traveling through China while he decides exactly what he wants to next.


“Follow your passion”: why it is bad advice

It is often heard these days that, when deciding on which direction you should take in terms of study and career, following your passion is the best option. According to Cal Newport, who is an assistant professor at Georgetown University, the so-called “passion hypothesis”, which says that the key to happiness is to find a job that fits your passion, is both wrong and dangerous. In his book “So Good They Can’t Ignore You”, he shows that there are other much more important factors that contribute to job satisfaction, and that a pre-existing passion isn’t one of them.