office & facilities manager
Coordinating ICT, office supplies, catering, reception, accommodation and resources
In 2005, I decided to do a ‘facility management’ study programme, which was a relatively new phenomenon at the time. In those first years, I learned a lot about working on the operational level, while tactics and strategy were added later on. Much of the programme consisted of learning from books, and combined with a lot of free time, this may not have been the best mix.
In my third year, I decided after much deliberating to leave for Surinam for six months. The time had come to develop my adventurous streak! The period I spent in Surinam was amazing. It was incredible to meet so many people, to get to know a whole new culture and to live in totally different surroundings. It definitely enriched my personal development and my study years.
After this experience, everything went much more smoothly. I continued my studies with new-found, positive energy and frequently travelled south to see my girlfriend, whom I had met in Surinam. In 2013, I wrote an advisory note, which earned me my Facility Management certificate. I stayed on after my final traineeship and had time to prepare for the next step.
The chance to take that step came at the end of 2014. I have left my old stomping ground in the north (even though I frequently return to visit with family and friends) for a new adventure with tinker imagineers!