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This series introduces us to a different employee every week. Find out what they most enjoy about their job and learn things you might not know about them yet. This week: Erik Goemans, ASE lecturer in Fiscal Economics.

What do you like most about your job?

In addition to my work at the Amsterdam School of Economics, I work as a tax advisor 4 days a week. I am the manager of a team that deals with national tax consulting and compliance-related tasks, with a focus on income and corporate tax.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is that the things I try to convey to students sometimes come back in almost identical ways when I advise a client or share knowledge with my team. As a teacher, you are forced to think about things that may be considered obvious in practice but are critically examined by a large group of students. This can be beneficial, for example, during a client meeting or when drafting an advice.

Additionally, interesting issues that arise in practice lend themselves well to examples during lectures or questions on exams. This prevents the study from becoming purely theoretical.

All in all, it's a classic win-win situation that may not be immediately obvious when comparing a student to a profit-oriented company.

What project from the past year are you most proud of?

Although it doesn't fully align with the way the question is formulated, I am quite  proud of the fact that we, as a relatively small department - with most colleagues working here 1 day a weel - manage to keep everything running smoothly for the Tax Economics programme. I suspect that this is partly due to the highly efficient way of working that we bring from the business world (specifically, financial services), but it is also thanks to the support we receive from various corners of the University of Amsterdam. This support is indispensable, and I am always very grateful for it.

What don’t most colleagues know about you?

Something my colleagues are probably not aware of, is that I have recently started training for the upcoming Dam tot Damloop. The training is still in its early stages, but my participation is set to take place in September.