Rowena Blokker

Blokker, Rowena 3Doctoral Candidate: Rowena Blokker
Research Track: Organisational Behaviour
Start date: February 2016
Supervisor: Paul Jansen,  Svetlana Khapova and Jos Akkermans      

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Rowena is finalizing a PhD project on critical success factors during the school-to-work transition. This research is under the supervision of Prof. dr. P.G.W. Jansen, Prof. dr. S.N. Khapova, and Dr. J. Akkermans.

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

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


  • Blokker, R., Akkermans, J., Tims, M., Jansen, P.G.W., Khapova, S.N. (2019). Building a sustainable start: The role of career competencies, career success, and career shocks in young professionals' employability. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 112, 172-184. 
  • Rummel, S., Akkermans, J., Blokker, R., & Van Gelderen, M. (2019). Shocks and entrepreneurship: a study of career shocks among newly graduated entrepreneurs. Career Development International.
  • Akkermans, J., Blokker, R., Buers, C., Van der Heijden, B. I. J. M. & De Vos, A., (2021) Ready, Set, Go! In Young Adult Development at the School-to-Work Transition. Marshall, A. & Symonds, J. (eds.). Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190941512.003.0004.