I was looking for a place where I could really put my knowledge and skills to good use and where I could actually see myself working in the future. I wanted to be in direct contact with customers and to be involved in a wide range of projects. And above all, I was looking for a place that shares my vision that as designers we have the opportunity – and therefore also the responsibility – to make a difference with our skills.
I found this place with Quest.
Right from the start of my internship, I immediately felt like Michael and Jeroen trusted me and gave me a lot of responsibility. This allowed me to learn a lot by just doing things. I was constantly challenged and taken out of my comfort zone, but in an environment where I felt safe and supported. I received valuable feedback and help when needed and Jeroen and Michael also asked for my feedback. I quite liked that they considered my opinion important as well. This really made me feel part of the team.
I was constantly challenged and taken out of my comfort zone, but in an environment where I felt safe and supported
What I found most fascinating was that no project is ever the same. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, while I had somewhat gotten that impression during my studies. I learned that every project requires a different approach and that you can – and have to – be creative with methodologies.
Thanks to the wide variety of projects, every day of my internship was different. Some days I spent at the office, other days I went to meetings with clients, I conducted interviews or I even facilitated workshops. My internship was over before I realized. Eleven weeks full of new impressions and experiences, interesting people and projects and especially many learning moments.
What has really amazed me is how much I have learned. I did not expect that I would get so many new insights. There are many more things that you do not learn at school than I ever thought possible.
There are many more things that you do not learn at school than I ever thought possible.– Janao
Jeroen and Michael dare to choose. They dare to say ‘no’ to (potential) customers and always adhere to their values. I really appreciate that.
My goal as a designer is to help people. At Quest I can use my skills to create a positive impact and that is the biggest reason why I also wanted to stay here after my internship. I am therefore very happy to be able to continue working at Quest as a service designer.