Sener Kaya – From Turkey!
Sener started working at ASML 4 months ago as an electrical integrator. He had been working in Turkey for the past 10 years, and he decided he needed a change. So, he came to the Netherlands, and it seems like he made the perfect choice!
So why did you choose to work abroad, Sener?
“The number one reason was to safeguard the education and future of my daughter. I’m convinced that my daughter won’t find better education than in the Netherlands. Also, we are engineers; I have always wanted to take on challenging tasks and expand my horizons in a high-tech technology company. The Netherlands gives you a nice life balance with a lot of opportunities for your career.”
What did you encounter in your process of working abroad?
“Because of the Covid-19 situation, things moved so fast. It sped up my process of working abroad. For example, I got my 30% ruling within 2 weeks, which is a real plus. I got my VISA within 2 weeks too, so I didn’t encounter any negative things during the process, as far as I remember. It was all so smooth, and there wasn’t even that much paperwork to do. It was a really nice experience!”
If you now look back on where you are now, would you still choose to work abroad and why?
“Yes, I would! I definitely think that I made the right decision. Everything has been positive so far. Plus, if you look at the education system in the Netherlands compared to the rest of the world, it is always in the top 10 countries. So, the Netherlands will give my family many opportunities for building up a future.”
What has your experience working abroad given you?
“More freedom! More freedom to ride a bike on the roads in complete safety, with no cars disturbing you. That’s something that I really appreciate; those little things make the difference. Also, people are so friendly; they smile at you when you’re walking down the street and say ‘hi’ even though they don’t know you. Everyone is polite. I’ve only been here for 4 months, and I’m sure that there are more good things to come!”
What consequences has working abroad had on your private life?
“Because of Covid-19, we couldn’t even go outside at the weekend in Turkey, but here the Covid-19 restrictions are still strict, but we can still have fresh air. In enclosed spaces, people are aware of what’s going on, and they naturally respect everything. During our integration in the Netherlands, people have been positive, even in the playgrounds with the children. The Dutch people are easy to integrate with, they smile, and they let the kids play together without staring at you. That makes you feel comfortable; it’s essential. In my career as an engineer in Turkey, I wasn’t mixed up in the world of meeting and working with other departments. Most of the time, I sat behind my desk, only working on one task. In the Netherlands, you’re constantly communicating with the other departments, making sure you’re aligned and getting feedback. Things move relatively quickly. Everything in the Netherlands is way more controlled, which I find beneficial.”
How did you experience Xelvin’s support
“The support coming here was great. It was all so smooth and efficient. Whenever I have needed to contact Xelvin, it has been straightforward, and I can always ask questions. They even invited me to visit their office if I needed or wanted to. They provide you with excellent help, honestly.”
What is you advice for someone that wants to take the similar step of working abroad?
“It is just a matter of making your mind up. Once you’ve got your thoughts straight, you only need to contact Xelvin and apply for a job. The most important thing is to make the decision. Do it!”