Moving to a different country can be an anxiety-inducing experience on its own, so we make sure our international colleagues have a pleasant start once they arrive. We help them find a place to live, and with figuring out their rental agreement, amongst other things. If they can’t be in the Netherlands on time to view homes, we’ll do it for them. And we’ll take pictures of everything. This way, our international colleagues can get used to their new home before they move.
Fernando comes from the small town of La Leonesa in Argentina. In 2016, he started working at Coolblue as a Tech Team Lead, and has considered himself a true Rotterdammert ever since. “Moving to the Netherlands was a big step for me. Luckily, Coolblue helped out a lot. From arranging the visa and finding a home, to learning Dutch.”
Warehousing Developer Yuliya from Belarus quickly had a good grasp of the Dutch language: “Coolblue offers Dutch lessons, which made it possible for me to read and understand 80% of a museum pamphlet. I’m pretty proud of that.”
Software Engineer Mohamed from Sri Lanka is especially proud that he’s able to wish his colleagues a happy birthday in Dutch. Though he finds a certain Dutch custom a little strange: “You even congratulate family members of the birthday boy or girl here. Which I don’t really understand.”
Fernando is at times surprised by Dutch habits and language, too: “The word vet is very odd. You say it when you like something; but it also means fat.”
As a brand new Coolbluer, you can also count on your colleagues to help you out. Yuliya: “Because of the open culture, you immediately feel like you’re working with your friends. We can communicate in a straightforward manner, which is great.”
Fernando agrees: ”We all have a few beers together on Fridays. This wasn't something I did back in Argentina. The Dutch climate takes some getting used to, but the local cuisine is definitely to my taste.” Yuliya: “I’ve been in the Netherlands for nearly 2 years, but I’m still not used to the weather changing every 15 minutes. Luckily poffertjes exist. I consider that an even trade.”
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