'After eight years at a commercial agency, I was looking for a role that provided more room for my development. The world of developers is constantly changing, so I consider it important to continue learning in my daily work and the long term. When I applied for a job at Radboud University, it quickly became clear that there are ample opportunities for my personal and professional growth. In this accessible, open, and informal atmosphere, I can elevate myself to a higher level.
At the start, the size of the organisation somewhat overwhelmed me. I came from a company with thirteen colleagues, and now I have nearly six thousand! Nevertheless, everything is well-structured and clear. As a new employee, I had the space to understand where I had ended up and what my tasks were. Additionally, welcome events for new employees helped me get to know the organisation. In the first months, I didn't have to run, but could walk at a comfortable pace, which I appreciated.
The level of autonomy in my work is significant. We work in two-week sprints, which always makes my tasks clear. The location, order, and working hours in which I perform my tasks are flexible, if I coordinate with my colleagues. For example, I work from home two days a week and sometimes compensate with an extra hour on one day, so I can finish earlier on the other day.
At Radboud University, I can solve complex IT puzzles that indirectly contribute to education and research. Without a well-functioning website, prospective students cannot explore their study programme, we cannot effectively share our research, and we cannot attract new employees. By contributing to a greater societal goal, I feel a lot of satisfaction and pride.'