04 September 2023
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Meet Azraa, a Global Program Manager at NTS from South Africa. Azraa moved to Brainport Eindhoven, the Netherlands with her husband and son thanks to the many career opportunities in the tech and IT field the region offers. They are the true representation of an international tech family and Azraa’s story is an example of how this region is more than just a job in tech. Read more to get to know her and her journey.
I always say to my fellow South Africans who work in the region that the people here are what make settling in,easier. Since being here, I’ve always felt quite included. I haven’t felt like an expat or outsider. I feel respected in the workplace, included in meetings, and have created good connections with the people I work with.
I also feel quite safe here. I don’t feel vulnerable as a person and as a woman specifically, and that’s quite refreshing for me to be able to walk outside, walk around with my son, and feel like I don’t have to constantly watch my back. Feeling safe also creates a good sense of belonging, which has helped me feel at home.
There are quite a few expats at NTS, and the fact that we go through similar experiences brings us together in the workplace. Everybody’s still learning, and so you get to learn from each other. As for my Dutch colleagues, contrary to what you read on the Internet where they say, ‘Ohh, Dutch people are really serious,’ my experience has been really different. They are very patient in the workplace and helpful. I had a lot to learn, and I felt they were very patient in allowing me to learn as well. I have been given good opportunities, and that is because they saw potential and they wanted to give me a chance to develop it. Thatis also quite welcoming. They don’t view you as, ‘you’re an expat, you’re different, you might not be able to do this.’ They put you on board and make you feel like you contribute and add value.
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