Verhaallijn 1 01-03-2022
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What has your career been like so far?
After graduating, I started as a Consultant Supply Chain Strategy at Deloitte. I mainly did projects in the field of Network Design in various sectors. At a certain point I started to miss the practical side, because as a consultant you are usually only involved in the plan & not in the execution. Then I became a Network Planner at KLM Cargo, which fitted in well with my experience at Deloitte. In the past year I have made a career switch, by doing something different in terms of both industry and function. Now, as Operations Manager at Picnic, I am responsible for the operation at a Fulfilment Center.
Why did you choose the industry you work in now?
During COVID, my job at KLM suddenly changed from a strategic/tactical to an operational character. I liked this so much that, after the operational part at KLM decreased when the COVID situation stabilized, I started looking for another job. In addition, I wanted to work for a company that has a lot of change and growth. The reason I now work for an online supermarket is not so much driven by the industry, but more by the phase that the company is in.
How do your expectations about your career during your student days differ from today?
During my student days I was very focused on my career, and I had high expectations of working & making a career. I’m now more focused on having a nice job and not so much making a career itself. I also found out that the ideal job does not exist, which I thought during my student days.
A technical business expert often knows how to see the bigger picture. Suppose you can exchange with Mark Rutte for a week and the Netherlands is your BV, which 2 things would you find important and tackle?
As the Netherlands, we are becoming more and more a knowledge-driven economy. However, it remains essential that we have enough people who can & want to work with their hands. This will be necessary to be able to tackle, for example, the housing & climate crises.
In addition, I would like to tackle the tax & surcharge system. It has become impracticable for the government, and incomprehensible to the citizen. I advise those interested to read Pieter Omtzigt’s book, after which it becomes clear how complicated this system has become.
What advice would you give current students?
Try not to make too much of an image of an ideal company or job. Go for a job that appeals to you, and where you have a good feeling about the company & your future colleagues. In the end, you only really know what it’s like when you experience it yourself.
You can change a question, which one would you change and why?
Old question: A technical business expert often knows how to see the bigger picture. Suppose you can exchange with Mark Rutte for a week and the Netherlands is your BV, which 2 things would you find important and tackle?
New question: A technical business expert often knows how to see the bigger picture. Suppose you can exchange a week with the Minister of Climate, how would you tackle the current crises in the field of CO2 and nitrogen?
Why: I think that a specific question on a particular topic can yield interesting points of view. I’m curious how someone with TBK glasses on looks at these crises.