Jordy VALENTIJN
Story by Jordy VALENTIJN

Hello I am Jordy! How can I help you?

I remember the very beginning. My dad was one of the Delta Works engineers. This was a Dutch project setting up dams, sluices, locks, dykes, levees, and storm surge barriers in the provinces of South Holland and Zeeland. He was the first to have a PC at home and a pioneer in computing in the Netherlands itself. That was in the eighties.

So I grew up with computers. Gradually, I dared to get more of them, even built my own computer and finally graduated from Zoomvliet college in System Administration.

I finished college shortly after Y2K but couldn't find the job I really wanted. So I took on the post of engineer at a forklift factory, looked after IT hardware in the Army for three years, and even tried out as a call center operator. Obvious isn’t it?!: Hello I am Jordy. How can I help you?

But I soon realised that I didn't want to have a boss, so I started freelancing.

How I did it the Dworkin way

In 2014 I was working for a company that just happened to be doing a job for Dworkin in the Netherlands. That's when Martin called me and asked me to contract directly for Dworkin. In the end I actually became a full time Dworkin employee; that’s when the real work started and now I was in charge of the entire Benelux area.

I kept pestering Martin for more and more work and more involvement in all things Dworkin. He finally succumbed and took me to Prague, where he trained me personally and I finally met the rest of the Dworkin team.

We started to see results. The clients were satisfied and the work increased. I saw new opportunities in Holland for us - areas where would apply what we are really good at - being proactive, responding quickly and delivering fast. We migrated the running of Break & Fix and Projects for the whole of IWG Netherlands to Dworkin in just two months and I became the Managing Director for the entire region with all the responsibility that entails.

What I like about Dworkin

I think my career is typical of our company. You really can, like me, go from assistant technician to Managing Director if you are ready to take on the responsibility

You have freedom and guidance and then it's up to you how you handle it. At Dworkin we don't have complicated management layers or a blame culture; no one is looking to hang anyone out to dry. If you are on a project in the middle of the night and need help, you can call the boss or anybody you need. Because this is how we do it. We play as a team.

Want to be a Dworkin person?

Along the way, I learnt a few basic things. If anyone wants to work on our team, here are some tips.

  • Keep it simple. Always!
  • Be proactive so the clients don’t need to think about IT issues at all.
  • Maintain good communication.
  • Then our work and approach speaks for itself rather than expensive, flashy marketing
  • Clients seek us out and we grow together.
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