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The army taught me some of life's most valuable lessons
When her Dutch uncle told her he had a spare room available in his new house, Israeli-born Danielle Elhayani (26) didn’t think twice: she packed her bags and was on a plane to the Netherlands two weeks later. Fast forward six years, and she is completely settled in and accustomed to the ‘Dutch way’. “I feel Israeli and Dutch at the same time.”Read more
Music meets technology
In her younger years, Marjolein van Zanten dreamed of being part of the von Trapp family – of gathering around the piano with her parents and younger sister to make music together at Christmas dinners. Music always played an important role in her childhood.Read more
Adjusting to the new normal
It’s no easy feat to successfully juggle all the balls that come with having a demanding job, a wife whose schedule is equally busy and two young children. Fortunately, Rinco Buist is naturally a gifted “arranger”.Read more
Finding my professional niche
Why only study one degree when you can study towards three at the same time? Sara Parra Aguirre was definitely not one to take the easy road. Her search for interesting work opportunities and desire for a change of scenery led her to Scotland, and then on to the Netherlands.Read more
For the love of building
If Deviyana Misquitta had to choose between living in a funky apartment in the city or in a quiet cabin in the woods, she would, without hesitation, pick the latter. A surprising preference for somebody who was born and raised in Vasai, a bustling Mumbai suburb.Read more
Anyone with enough ambition can work at Accenture
Having completed secondary vocational education, Danielle de Ree didn’t follow what she considers to be the ordinary route towards a career at Accenture. Sometimes this makes her a little worried that people might think she’s not fit for a job at such a high-profile company.Read more
Thrown in at the deep end
As a young boy, Rinze worked in the most popular restaurant in his hometown of Harderwijk. He liked knowing that he worked at a spot that was widely considered the “place to be”. These days, now that he works with Salesforce, he’s convinced that once again he finds himself at the “place to be”.Read more
The freedom to be me
Since moving to Amsterdam in 2018, Russian Irina Kononova found that she could finally be open and honest about who she is. Life couldn’t have been more different in her home country, where she had to hide a key part of her identity. ‘I was always afraid that if I told people that I’m gay, they wouldn’t want to be my friend anymore. Living in Europe – first in Glasgow, and in Amsterdam – has been truly liberating. Now I can finally be myself.’Read more
Getting comfortable outside my comfort zone
The desire to explore new places and enjoy different experiences is what inspired Sri Lankan-born Navo Wickramanayake to head first to Japan, and then on to Tilburg, where she currently lives.Read more
The joy of the unplanned
At 56 years old, Floris van den Dool reckons he is one of the oldest staff members at Accenture Netherlands. However, when he recently ran the Amsterdam half marathon with 20 of his colleagues, that didn’t stop him from beating out a bunch of the others.Read more