In May 2022 Rudi Rohm arrived in the Netherlands. Read further for the experiences of Rudi.
Rudi, why did you emigrate to the Netherlands?
From a young age, it had been a dream of mine to work and live in Europe. My family and friends always encouraged me to follow these dreams and ambitions. With the culture and language being so similar to home, the Netherlands was a seemingly obvious choice compared to any other European country. Having some friends and family that also decided to move to the Netherlands is also a major bonus and made the process a lot less terrifying.
Can you tell us something how you do like the Netherlands?
Punctuality, friendliness, professionalism, and efficiency are just a few of the many keywords that come to mind when reflecting on what I like about the Netherlands. Having to drive around quite a lot and that quite shortly after my arrival (as terrifying as it was at first) was quite insightful, rules are respected by everyone and you truly feel a lot safer on the roads. Speaking of safety, things that might be unimaginable to do in South Africa seems to be perfectly normal here. An example of this would be walking/biking late at night.
Please tell us something about the projects you are currently working on.
Working on a financial service provider system exposed me to a diverse and cutting-edge tech stack. The opportunity to learn and grow amongst industry-leading developers is second to none. Having a healthy, stable work environment with helpful and friendly colleagues is more than any young software developer can ask for.
Did the process of emigration go smoothly?
As one might expect, having to deal with home affairs in South Africa is not something anyone would look forward to and also went about as well as one might expect. When it comes to the systems in the Netherlands however everything went exceptionally well. All processes happened within the estimated/given time period and some were even ahead of schedule.
Can you explain to the South Africans who are considering to go overseas how you did experience the support from us?
The summit developers team streamlined the process of immigration even more by assisting not just with the necessary documentation and information needed but so much more. Counting on their professional and friendly assistance with any and all crises you might run into alleviates a substantial amount of stress. They are kind and generous people who will take care of you every step of the way. You can genuinely always count on them.