REALLY WELCOME

Andries Louw Wolthuizen

Andries Louw Wolthuizen studies Chemical Engineering at VHL University of Applied Sciences. ‘You’re really welcome in the business world, which you notice all around. I already work at FrieslandCampina while I’m still studying.’

ICT

‘In high school I was already pretty skilled in ICT, so I assumed I would end up in that profession. And I did, for a year, that is. Then I found out that it wasn’t my field. In ICT you have to keep learning, do projects really fast and there’s always someone doing it cheaper. It wasn’t exactly a sector in which I saw myself working ten years from now.’

To VHL as fast as I could

‘Then what? I had no idea. During the time I was looking for other options I had a look in a concrete factory, where I saw all these formulas on the walls that I still knew from school. From Chemistry class, which had always been one of my better subjects. I thought it was a nice place to work, so I asked an employee how he got there, what training he had. Chemical Engineering, he told me. Truthfully, I had never heard of it and it didn’t even come up in the career choice tests. That’s when I went to VHL as fast as I could.’

A good basis

‘An open day, a guided tour and the choice was made. The right choice! The study is tough, with a lot of math and chemistry. Which is nice, because I like that and it gives you a good basis for the actual practice.’

Crisis? Where?

‘The connection to the work field is excellent. In this field you can specialize without having to keep up with the latest trends. And you’re really welcome in the business world, which you notice all around. I already work at FrieslandCampina while I’m still studying. That’s how badly they want us. Crisis? Where?’

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