Arjen Singels is our colleague since October 2022. Arjen wrote about his experiences.
Arjen, why did you emigrate to the Netherlands?
I wanted to grow my career. I felt stagnant in SA and had a strong desire to take on new challenges. Part of which would be to learn from and work with international companies, who offer a different perspective. Outside of work I would also really like to be able to explore the rest of the world more easily. Starting with Europe.
Can you tell us something how you do like the Netherlands?
I’m loving the Netherlands! Travel is so accessible and the big cities have so much to offer too. I’ve already been traveling by train across large parts of Europe and many more such trips to come. First it’s time for the winter sports season and to hit the slopes!
Please tell us something about the projects you are currently working on.
I’m currently working on the DSO. Which is a joint venture between NS (The dutch railways) and ProRail (The dutch rail infrastructure provider). We are maintaining and modernising the planning software used to plan all the trains and rail infrastructure in the Netherlands.
How did you come in contact with summit developers?
I originally met with Matthijs in South Africa for a coffee. But only made the decision to move to the Netherlands a while later. Matthijs was extremely motivated, welcoming and clear about how they can help me find the best job possible in the Netherlands.