Study in Holland – Finding a job after graduation
School is not just one experience, it’s a lot. If I learnt something in the past two years in Saxion is that doing extra curriculum activities, and being entrepreneur, and having passion for what you do, whatever it is what you do, following your heart, that gets you a job and that gets you somewhere. Mélissa, my colleague here, who is also from the Connect Programme. We were both in a competition for Saxion Challenge Day. And that happens once a year where businesses come and they propose problems and the students have to team up and to solve those problems. So we teamed up, me and Mélissa with other people from Electrical Engineering to solve a problem for DealerDirect, which is a car company. And what happened was that the solution was an app. So we took the solution as an app, and we came to UPX just to get the pricing so we could deliver to the board when we go there ‘ok, this is our suggestion and this is how much is costs to implement our suggestion.’ So we came here, Willem got to meet Mélissa, and then, at that time I was working in another company in Rijssen, so Willem decided to hire Mélissa first, and then after 6-7 months I was here too. so, that was… We both got hired here just because we were part of a team together first, and second because we were part of a programme, in Saxion, Connect, and because we were trying extra-curriculum activities in Saxion, like the Saxion Challenge Day, things that the Startup Centre organises, where you get more interaction and connection with other businesses, especially in this region. School is not only a book school is an environment where you meet people, you learn from people, you don’t really have to learn from a book, but you learn from your fellow students, you learn from your teachers, you learn from your mentors, from other people working, staff working in the university, in the school.