Judith graduated cum laude for the bachelor Organizational Psychology at the University of Utrecht. She continued her studies at the Utrecht University School of Governance (USBO) with the master Organizations, Change, and Management. Here, she followed two extracurricular trajectories: the first aimed at advising public and private organizations and the second aimed at innovation through multidisciplinary cooperation. After completing her master, Judith studied Creativity, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation at the Summer School of the Linnaeus University in Sweden.
In 2016, Judith got selected into the 2-year traineeship at the Municipality of Utrecht, where she worked as a project manager on various social projects. During the last year, she also worked for the Ministry of Social Affairs to assist the evaluation of research proposals for the Experiments with the Participation Act. Being reminded of her affinity for science and data, she started working as a data analist at NCOI Educations, until she found her place to conduct research as a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam.
Judith’s PhD research is aimed at finding out if and how proactive coping can minimize the experience of job insecurity in contemporary careers. Proactive coping refers to all future-oriented efforts people use in attempt to improve the future situation or one's position in it. For example, proactive coping can consists of saving money for potential financial setbacks or increasing one’s skill repertoire for a potential career shift.
Expertise and research fields
Current research project
The PhD project consists of four major projects:
A 5-wave weekly survey study among workers to assess the effects of career behaviors (career planning, scenario thinking, career consultation, networking, reflecting) on job insecurity.
A meta-analytic review that synthesizes all available research evidence on the relationship between various proactive coping efforts and job insecurity.
A multi-study paper in which we investigate if and when career planning interventions can help to minimize future job insecurity.
A 5-wave monthly survey study among self-employed workers to assess the effects of career behaviors and recovery activities on future job insecurity.
Research grants & honours
The PhD project is funded by Instituut Gak (www.instituutgak.nl).