Then I moved to the center of Utrecht, where I studied Communication, Media and Design. A fantastic study program and I really loved living in the center of the city. During my study, I specialized in User Experience Design and discovered how interesting this work is. So I started looking for a job in this specialist area. My first job was at Informaat in Baarn, a kind of secondment agency, where I did a lot of work for municipalities. Then I went to work for Osage in Utrecht. There I focused more on project management and I missed the UX.
You can have lots of fun with the MT people
It was thanks to Maren that I heard about ValueBlue. We know each other from the service desk at Conclusion, our first student job. She told me that ValueBlue was looking for a UX designer. At first, I wasn’t all that interested because I was very happy where I was, but Maren persuaded me that an interview wouldn’t do me any harm. And actually I was sold straight away thanks to Jordy’s infectious enthusiasm about BlueDolphin in that interview. So I decided I’d like to work here after all!
I can see a huge difference between then and now. Last year, we were still at the end of the start-up phase and you could see us slowly making more and more progress; a new building, new people, English as our official language, and so on. It was really great to experience it all. When I came here 18 months ago, there was nobody doing what I was doing. So I was able to set it up the way I wanted it. I was and still am allowed to decide a lot of things for myself.
I really like the fact that ValueBlue gives you so much responsibility. If you have an idea and you can back it up, you’re immediately given the space to implement it, short lines and no sense of hierarchy. Fantastic! You can have lots of fun with everyone, also with the MT. It’s all nice and informal.