Guy Alleleijn

Guy Alleleijn
  • Name: Guy Alleleijn
  • Date of birth: 16-11-1986
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s program: Business Studies & Strategic Management
  • Year of graduation: 2011
  • Employer: The Dutch Guy
  • Position: Owner

"Being able to look at the bigger picture, but also keeping an eye at the details at virtually the same time is an important skill I acquired during my studies. Next to that, I learned not to take everything for granted when somebody puts down his opinion. Is there proof? Where are the numbers? Are there reliable sources to build a particular opinion on?"

Alumnus Guy Alleleijn about his experiences:


Can you describe what your current position involves?

I started my own company last summer. The Dutch Guy focuses on supporting organizations in HR transformation processes and topics related to field of HR & IT. For example I have selected for several clients a new supplier of an HR system and was in charge of the implementation and change management in the organization.

Next to that I also help clients to reorganize their HR back office or get processes organized more simple and efficiently.

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Is this your first position after graduation? If not, what did you do before?

No, I first worked for 1,5 year for Frisse Blikken as a project manager.

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How did you get in touch with this company?

I knew the founders of Frisse Blikken from my time as president of UniPartners Tilburg

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What was the defining moment in your study?

Well, I guess there are several. Defining for me would be from a personal perspective. Two specific events stand out: my exchange semester in Canada and running a company with my UniPartners team.

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How do you use the knowledge gained at Tilburg University in your job?

I guess it is not really the knowledge but more a way of thinking I apply in my day-to-day work. Being able to look at the bigger picture, but also keeping an eye at the details at virtually the same time is an important skill I acquired during my studies. Next to that, I learned not to take everything for granted when somebody puts down his opinion. Is there proof? Where are the numbers? Are there reliable sources to build a particular opinion on?

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Does your current job/your career until now meet the expectations you had as a student?

Well, I am my own boss at the moment. During my time as a President of Unipartners I realized that I needed the freedom to make my own decisions. This is what I am able to do now and thus my epectations are met.

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What has surprised you (positively) about you Master's program?

To be honest, not so much. I had a lot of fun and learned about the topics I was interested in. There were no real surprises though – positively or negatively.

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Did you participate in extracurricular activities and if so, how did this contribute to your personal development?

Yes I did. I think at some moments I spent more time on the extracurricular activities than on my studies. Being president of UniPartners has taught me a lot about entrepreneurship, building a team and the importance of networking. Above all I learned that no matter what you are doing or how hard you are working – it should be fun doing it. Otherwise it makes no sense at all to put most of your time into a venture.

Next to that I was part of the program board and the educational committee. In that role I learned quite a bit about how a political environment (like a university) works and how to navigate through the pitfalls

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What is your ambition? What would like to have achieved in 2020?

I hope to have built one or two companies in a successful way. And by doing so adding some societal value as well.

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What or who gives you inspiration and why?

I just finished reading Richard Branson’s biography. I like a lot the way he is living is live, enjoying it and being a very successful entrepreneur along the way. He does not take himself to seriously while being very serious about his life values. I like that.

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Do you have any advice for current students?

How many budget cuts the government will take on the student scholarships and loans, invest time and money in YOU by doing things next to your studies that interest you. Whether that is going abroad, being a board member of your study association or starting your own company – or anything else for that matter. I learned – by far – the most of all the things I did outside the lecture halls not reading books. And that includes an occasional visit (or two) to the Korte Heuvel. . .

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