Cocky Adams celebrates 25th anniversary working for IHS
Ms. Cocky Adams has welcomed thousands of students to the IHS in 25 years
Cocky Adams, working for the programme management of the UMD (the Master Urban Management and Development) just celebrated her 25th anniversary. That is, not her own (that was some time ago), but her employment at IHS.
It was 25 years ago, in 1987, that she began working for IHS as management secretary for Cor Dijkgraaf, who was the director at that time. After two years she started working at the course bureau. Back then there was only one course, the ICHPB, which lasted five months. Looking back, Cocky realizes how fast things have changed. The work that had to be done took much more time than these days, because there was no email and everything had to be done by phone, fax and even telex! (For the younger readers, a telex was a machine for which you had to make a strip. That strip was then entered into the machine and the message was sent, very time-consuming).
In the early nineties the first Master Course was introduced, the UMC (Urban Management Course), which lasted 16 months. This Master Course was executed together with the Faculty of Economics.Cocky worked regularly with temporary staff, because of the work load. Since this first Master Course she kept on working for “the Master” until today. “I like my job”, Cocky tells, “it is fun, varied and there never is a dull moment so to speak”. Cocky, who’s name by the way is pronounced in many different ways, as Jan Fransen mentioned in his speech for Cocky’s 25-year-party, likes the international aspect of the job, as well as the atmosphere and the many different faces.
In 2007 Cocky went to Ethiopia for almost three weeks, to help setting up the course bureau of the Ethiopian Civil Service College (ECSC) in Addis Ababa. There she worked very closely with the Ethiopian office manager. It was a great experience to work “in the field” and so very different from working in the Netherlands. She also travelled several times with students on field trips. Cocky went to India, Spain, Turkey and Germany. Back then there was much more possible than nowadays.
In these 25 years Cocky worked with pleasure and currently under her sixth director, Kees van Rooijen. “I did apply for another job once”, she says, “but I am glad I stayed at IHS”. Since four years Cocky has worked closely with Alonso Ayala, the programme manager of the UMD. Cocky: “We are a good team and we were able to structure the course management in a good way”. Because she is always busy and the work is never done, Cocky is assisted by Tara de Graaf for one day and a half per week.
Cocky’s job asks for flexibility, because every day is different. Because of her long lasting employment, colleagues often come to her. “When you work in a place for that long, you have institutional memory and many colleagues like to take advantage of that”, Cocky explains.
In her free time, Cocky likes to walk, sport, read and spend time with her family. As for the future she says: “At this moment the future of the institute does not look very bright, or at least less bright than it used to be. But I hope that we will last for a very long time to come and I am planning to celebrate my forty years at IHS!”
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Publication date: 12 June 2012