In my search, I came across the part-time master's programme at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. The Geographical Information Sciences study met my interest in cartography and geo visualisations.
The programme was taught completely online, which made it relatively easy for me to combine it with my job. The online environment allowed me to set my own pace fairly well. There were moments when I had more time and there were moments when I had less time to spend on my studies, all depending on the peek moments at TomTom. Despite the online structure, I still came into contact with many fellow students. Once a year an offline meeting is organised in which all students can meet each other in an informal setting, which I think is a nice addition to the study. This way you get the chance to really connect with each other.
Since the start of the programme, I have been sharing my learning experiences with others. I was able to immediately apply the theory I had learned during my time at VU and I was happy to be able to share this with my colleagues. They were always very enthusiastic when I came up with examples. Now, after completing the programme, I enjoy sharing what I have learned in this study with other people in the same field.