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Rowena Blokker is PhD candidate at the department of Management and Organization of the School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

She is actively involved in several PhD communities. She is board member of PhD Research community (pHResh), and member of the ABRI PhD Council at VU University.


Currently, Rowena is working on a 4-year PhD project examining critical success factors during the so-called “school-to-work transition”. This research is under the supervision of Prof. dr. P.G.W. Jansen, Prof. dr. S.N. Khapova, and Dr. T.J. Akkermans.

The goal of this PhD project is to examine the key antecedents and consequences of the school-to-work transition in the contemporary career. Among other things, we are following Master's students over time, tracking their progress and analyzing their transition into the labor market. The project aims to contribute to the development of theory and curriculum on the transition from university to work in today’s dynamic labor market.

This project also has a clear practical element, to which both the School of Business and Economics (SBE) and the Postgraduate Accounting program (PGO) of VU Amsterdam are closely connected. In cooperation with them, and based on the empirical results from the project, Rowena will support the development of new educational programs in the SBE master programs and the Postgraduate program Accounting. The aim of these educational programs is to integrate the empirical findings in such a way that the students will profit from a better preparation to their labor market transition, and thus a better connection between their studies and their future work.


  • Human Resource Management & Organizational Behavior (Bachelor program International Business Administration, tutorials)
  • Organizational Behavior and Decision Making (International Executive Master of Auditing, tutorials & lectures)
  • Organizational Behavior & Accountancy (Postgraduate Accountancy, tutorials & lectures)
  • Academic skills (BSc International Business Administration, tutorials & lectures)
  • Bachelor and Master thesis supervision
  • Capita Selecta - Research Internship supervision

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Education/Academic qualification

Master, Leiden Universiteit

1 Feb 201431 Jan 2016

Bachelor, University of Amsterdam

1 Sep 200931 Jan 2014

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career Social Sciences
employability Social Sciences
Shock Medicine & Life Sciences
school Social Sciences
labor market Social Sciences
educational program Social Sciences
theory formation Social Sciences
adulthood Social Sciences

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Research Output 2019 2019

Career success

Ready, Set, Go! The School-to-Work Transition in the New Career

Akkermans, J., Blokker, R., Buers, C., Van der Heijden, B. I. J. M. & De Vos, A., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Adult Development at the School-to-Work Transition: International Pathways and Processes. Marshall, A. & Symonds, J. (eds.). Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

young adult

Activities 2017 2018

  • 2 Lecture / Presentation

The 21st century school-to-work transition: Improving the working lives of young people

R. Blokker (Speaker), Jos Akkermans (Speaker), Paul Jansen (Speaker), S.N. Khapova (Speaker)
13 Aug 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

School-to-work transition in the contemporary career: An interdisciplinary systematic review

Jos Akkermans (Speaker), R. Blokker (Speaker), S.N. Khapova (Speaker), Paul Jansen (Speaker)
7 Aug 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic