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Adventures in IT, Logistics and HR in the Netherlands – an alumnus story of Mirsim Gashi

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07.07.2020

Now a business application manager at a Dutch IT company, Mirsim Gashi first came to the Netherlands to study Human Resource Studies. However, after finishing his study he could not think of ever leaving.  

Mirsim Gashi (33) arrived in the Netherlands in 2013 after first having completed his bachelor degree in Business Administration in Malaysia, thanks to a scholarship. Having just turned 18 it was the perfect opportunity to go and experience the exotic country. After Malaysia, Mirsim’s urge to travel did not leave him. He settled in Tilburg and after two years finished his master in Human Resource studies. His choice to come to the Netherlands was not a deliberate one. “Would you like an honest or politically correct answer?” he laughs. “I applied to almost 50 schools throughout Europe, and Tilburg was one of the first that accepted me.” 

Although he has lived in the Netherlands since 2013, it was not always as easy as it is now. “I think it is difficult as an international student to make Dutch friends.” Everyone at university has their own group of friends, but this is not something specifically Dutch, it also happened in Malaysia and I think everywhere. It took some time, but close to graduation I learned more about the Dutch and how they behaved in social situations, and making friends got easier.”

Eager to stay in the Netherlands, but weary of the fact that it was difficult as an English-speaking employee to find a job in the HR sector, he sent his CV to every employment agency in Tilburg after graduating, emphasizing his willingness to work in logistics, cleaning or construction. Eventually, Mirsim was hired as a warehouse operator at Rhenus Logistics. After spending 10 months at this position, he was able to move to a different position. Currently he is working as a business application manager in the IT department. Thanks to his degree in Business Administration, he had some knowledge of IT, and gained even more experience through a special training provided by his employers. “I am engaged mainly in providing IT solutions and project implementations in logistics industry. IT should be deployed efficiently within the business and in line with the organisation’s IT strategy.” Strong working relationships with customers are now Mirsim’s key quality.

Cheating is impossible

What would Mirsim miss the most, if he ever would leave the Netherlands? “Good question, I do not plan on going back, but I would have to say tolerance and study quality. In my home country Kosovo, certain groups of people who are different are marginalized or discriminated, such as women with hijabs, homosexuals or atheists. The Dutch are very open minded and encourage people to be themselves, this is something I really like. As far as education goes, I think the Dutch system is very good. Cheating on tests and exams is impossible, whereas in Kosovo this happens on occasion. If I ever returned, this is something I would love to bring back with me.”      

Holland Alumni network

“Through Holland Alumni, I have been able to go to several events and have made some interesting connections with people from over the world. I would definitely recommend joining the Holland Alumni network, because it is always convenient to have an extensive network of contacts that work in the same field. You may not immediately get a job out of it, but just for the social meetings it’s very beneficial”


Mirsim Gashi initially came to the Netherlands as a coincidence but became very enthusiastic about the high level of education, acceptance and diversity of cultures.  After his studies he decided to stay and apply for a job in the Netherlands. His most important takeaway of his time in the Netherlands: the open mindset and honesty of the Dutch. For fellow international students and expats, he recommends creating, learning the language and start searching for a job as soon as possible.


Find Mirsim on Linkedin or the Holland Alumni network

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