1. How long have you been working in the Netherlands?
I am working for iPS from 1st of May 2022.
2. What do you do for iPS? Explain your job.
My current role is Recruiter Consultant in the Maritime Department.
What my job contains: Lead the sourcing activity of the business in order to propose suitable candidates to clients, logistic and travel support during crew change. I support all iPS brands and partners, job advertisements and liaison with various partners organizing and optimizing recruitment activities and I am in contact with candidates for information regarding their availability, competences, motivation, and salary expectation. After this I will check if a candidates experience matches with the clients requirements.
3. What are the biggest differences between the Netherlands and Ukraine? What surprised you the most?
From my point of view lifestyle in Netherlands is calmer than in Ukraine. I come from Odessa. For the last 20 years you see improvement and it has become a more modern city. What I like about Odessa that it is the Maritime capital from Ukraine and with an office in The Netherlands close to Rotterdam and its harbour it feels like I never left the Maritime environment.
4. What do you miss the most about Ukraine?
When I am thinking about home I miss my friends and relatives. The Ukraine cuisine is one of the best in my opinion so even when we are trying to make the same dishes, nothing taste exactly the same like back in Ukraine. So we say, we make a Ukraine/Dutch dishes when we are cooking now. Maybe we will discover a new meal.
5. Was it hard to integrate?
I am familiar with Dutch mentality. I worked as deck officer / Choff for a few years under a Dutch Flag. I passed my Dutch Law test to get my Dutch ChOff licence.
Next to that experience I also worked as Crew Manager for a Dutch Company in Ukrainian Branch and had regular business trips to Netherlands. But, I am still in process of integration.
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.