A group of staff at Wageningen University & Research will be launching YoungWUR on 6 October. A young professionals network that aims to link up ‘young staff at the start of their careers’.
As a student Pien Walraven, an information analyst with Facilities & Services, was part of an active community. She organized activities for her Study Association Thalia and was even on the board for a year. When she got a job at Wageningen University & Research in 2015, she found it harder to meet people. ‘People here have worked here for a long time or went to university here.’ So why, she wondered, wasn’t there a ‘study association’ for young staff?
Walraven and seven others are now launching precisely such a network. They are welcoming ‘young colleagues at the start of their careers’ to join them for the launch in The Spot on Thursday. There is no age limit: it is up to people to decide for themselves whether they come under this category. All guests can contribute to the discussion and of course have a drink. ‘We’d like as much input as we can get at the kick-off event,’ says Walraven. Are staff looking for a chance to socialize, for instance, or are they more interested in career tips and development? And what kinds of activities should YoungWUR organize? Walraven expects about 100 guests.