Interview Stanimir Vassilev

1. How long have you been working in the Netherlands?

I moved here in August 2017 because of my job at iPS. I am born in Bulgaria and moved to Greece when I was 15 years old. So I was already a bit used to ‘crossing borders’.

2. What do you do for iPS? Explain your job.

A friend told me iPS was looking for a consultant. I was glad to get the job. Due to my experience in the hospitality industry in Greece I developed good people skills which are beneficial in the work. I find the Energy industry, and especially Renewable, really impressive! In my day to day job I am in constant contact with clients, recruit personnel, help with rotation plans and make sure that the needs of our clients are satisfied.

3. What are the biggest differences between the Netherlands and Bulgaria? What surprised you the most?

I really like the cycling culture here. It’s amazing how the whole infrastructure is made and how it’s a way of life. It’s so normal here. I also bicycle to work, of course! And the Netherlands is the best place in the world to eat French fries.

4. What do you miss the most about Bulgaria?

I miss friends and family, and the weather. Winter time is dark here. You leave to work in the dark and come home after work in the dark. That’s a big difference from where I came from! However, the beach where I live close to reminds me of Greece sometimes.

5. Was it hard to integrate?

A lot of expats live here, which makes it easy to meet people. Half of the people in this area are foreign, I think. Plus, the Dutch people speak perfect English which helps a lot. It of course wasn’t easy, but iPS really helped me integrate. Nice to be part of a team like that!

Crossing borders

Our Powerful People colleagues are working at their offices around the globe. We celebrate our multicultural DNA, because together we can achieve more. We introduce four of our colleagues who live and work in different countries than the country in which they were born. Why did they make their choice? What are the differences they experience? Read their stories.

Marion Chalot colleague Tunnelling

Marion Chalot

Sr. Consultant Tunnelling | Capelle aan den IJssel

Vladimir Vladykin colleague Tunnelling

Vladimir Vladykin

Consultant Maritime | Capelle aan den IJssel

Stanimir Vassilev profile picture

Stanimir Vassilev

Recruiter Energy | Scheveningen

Sam Merrick Manager Tunnelling

Sam Merrick

Manager Tunnelling | Capelle aan den IJssel