What is your background?
– I’m a Software Engineer with more than 10 years of experience. I studied Computer Engineering as a bachelor’s degree and Information Systems Software Management as a master’s degree in the Middle East Technical University, Turkey. My main areas of expertise are web based systems and .Net development with C# programming language. I worked for companies in various fields, including e-Learning, finance, and control systems. My first international working experience was at Siemens IT Solutions. I was part of a distributed international team located in Switzerland and Turkey. For the last four years, I was the lead developer of a Turkish fintech startup named Hesapkurdu which was founded in 2010. Now they are the leading financial product aggregator in Turkey, operating in mortgage, personal loan, auto loan, insurance and utilities verticals.
How did Amundsen International guide you to your new job and life in the Netherlands?
– Amundsen’s process was very helpful for me to plan and get organized for the recruitment process. At the beginning of the process I met with one of the Turkish recruiters Alkim Ersan, who explained to me everything about Amundsen, the process and working in the Netherlands. Then she provided me with guidelines for preparing my work profile. After that, I met with Theodorous Schreurs, the Director of the company, who happened to be in Turkey at that time. Theodorus told me about his vision and encouraged me to start a new life in the Netherlands. This helped me with my motivation throughout the not-so-short process. Then, with Helena Borodina’s guidance (Global Talent Acquisition) I fulfilled the technical and non-technical interviews and prepared for meeting possible new employers. Sela Ford, General Manager in the Netherlands, was very helpful at that point introducing me to a very suitable company. She also helped me during the negotiation of relocation costs, which I appreciate a lot because this provided a pleasant first week for my family in Holland. After accepting an offer from my new employer, Talent Coach Marja Damhof and HR responsible Francis Beekman helped me a lot in obtaining my residence permit and relocating. Without their help, the process would have taken a few months longer. In addition, Marja (also an experienced Dutch teacher) started giving me language lessons and helped us renting a suitable house. She met us at the airport, gave us a ride to our hotel and since then she is still our first point of contact for everything that we are not accustomed to yet.
How did you experience your first few weeks in the Netherlands?
– I am a father of a four month old daughter. Moving to a new country with her was challenging. Even our flight to the Netherlands was her first flight in her life. Theodorus was so kind providing us a suitable flight with amenities. I think she was very thankful to him because she slept all the way 🙂 Our first weeks in the Netherlands are going well. It is unexpectedly sunny and everyone is cheerful after returning their holidays. We’re still settling in our new house, which is in a nice neighbourhood with local shops and cafes. I’ve also started working at my new job. My current project is developing a new web based system for administrating our new product. I hope my software engineering background and expertise in developing web based systems would serve my new employer to improve the quality of their solutions.
Would you recommend other ICT specialists to work with Amundsen International?
– Definitely. Amundsen International is like your family in the Netherlands. They try their best to fulfil your dream of working abroad. They guide you, give you feedback, provide opportunities and fight for your rights.
Mert Can Ilis
“Amundsen International is like your family in the Netherlands.”