Episode 30: Sanne Thijssen – Forging Your Own Path Through Consultancy

Have you gotten to the point in your career where you feel like you’re not at your best? Perhaps that “stable job” is starting to feel a little too comfortable, or maybe your heart’s just not in it anymore.

It might be time to take a step in a new direction and maybe even burn a bridge or two.

Sanne Thijssen is the founder of Shake The Dust, an independent consultancy working on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and meaningful youth participation. Sanne is also the co-founder of Stories To Action, a platform dedicated to amplifying young people’s voices and perspectives on SRHR and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

In this episode, we will hear about:

  • Starting a new career under the weight of a global pandemic
  • What skills are critical for the consulting industry
  • The impact of Stories To Action
  • How to get started with consulting
  • And more!

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Enjoy my conversation with Sanne!

In This Episode:

[1:10] – We’re introduced to Sanne Thijssen and learn what drew her to consulting. 

[2:57] – We learn what was going through Sanne’s mind while facing a promotion and gaining stability.

[5:30] – Stepping out on a new path for consulting meant burning bridges and encountering new challenges.  

[7:22] – Sanne started her consulting career shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic started.  

[8:35] – A stable job isn’t always as stable as it appears. Here’s why.

[10:45] – What skills does Sanne believe are critical to the consulting industry?

[12:40] – Sanne discusses Stories To Action and what led her to co-founding it. 

[14:59] – This is how we can learn more about Stories To Action.

[15:34] – This is the advice Sanne would give to people wanting to traverse the ocean of consulting.

[18:04] – How to find a niche, according to Sanne.

[20:45] – Tiffany concludes the conversation.


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