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Tessa van Beest
Tessa van Beest

Speechwriter at the Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst - MA History

"I write speeches for the Prime Minister for all sorts of occasions." - Tessa van Beest

My name is Tessa van Beest and I am speechwriter at the Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst at the Ministry of General Affairs. As a speechwriter I write speeches for a variety of occasions, such as trade missions, the opening of an exhibition, a memorial or the honouring of the Olympic athletes. In addition I sometimes also write prefaces or letters.

On a normal day I do speech research. I consult with the Prime Minister's advisors on the content of a speech. I will be writing speeches and checking the draft text with the highest officials - and of cours, finally, with the Prime Minister himself. The most important thing about my you is that you have to write well. In addition, you must have a good general knowleds. it is useful if you are curious, pragmatic, stress-resistant and result-oriented.

Pro's of the job are that I work in a fun and exciting workplace. There is a lot of politics and news. Another pro is that the job is very practical and diverse because of the different type of speeches. Cons of being a speechwriter is that it's a deskjob. I have to work on my computer all day. Another con is that the work may be some on-dimensional. You do not write your own story.

The current prime minister (Mark Rutte) is a historian and so it is convenient for me to have done the same programme. A broad (political) historical knowledge is an advantage. During my master degree I've learned how to write well and how I can grasp a lot of information about different subjects.

Owner of Mattie Kamminga Tekst & Communicatie

After completing a Master's in Communication & Education, I was able to start immediately as a communications officer at Camerik Voorman Communicatie- en PR-adviseurs. My job involved supporting the communications advisor in implementing projects. That was anything from writing texts and collecting images to organizing press briefings and planning interviews. Every assignment was different. I really liked thinking up different ways to implement a communications assignment, but after two years it was time for something new.

In 2016 I started my own communications and copywriting company. Since then I have been working for several different clients, particularly in the public sector. I’m now responsible for a project from start to finish. I draw up the offers, complete the assignments and submit the invoices. It’s hard work, but I get a lot of freedom in return.

I chose the Communication & Education track because the curriculum dovetailed closely with the Bachelor’s programme in Communication and Information Sciences. The teaching part of the Master’s particularly appealed to me. How can you teach people communication skills? That was the trigger for me to choose that Master’s programme. Nowadays I occasionally give writing training. My studies equipped me with the skills to be able to do so.

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