After her Ph.D. she started to apply for jobs. “I started applying with the idea: I will stay true to myself. I love being analytic, but I also love to work with people. Imagine I would go to my work every day not liking it, I don’t bring my kids to the nanny to go to a job I don’t like.”. For her, working is a must. “I think it is really important to work, it’s in my DNA. And the best thing is that I have the best job in the world.”.
What Katrien likes about her work as Managing Director in Private Equity is the combination of all aspects of the job together: the financial, fiscal, legal, and strategic parts. “The work is very analytical, but you have to be communicative as well, that’s what I like. Connecting with people is very important in our job. You have to remember that the owners of the companies we work with, put a lot of time and effort into their business. It’s their baby, so communication is key.”