After completing my education, I faced the choice of either staying in The Netherlands or returning to my hometown of Shanghai. Then, during one Christmas holiday, I stumbled on a job post from Vanderlande’s Shanghai office. What started as an impulsive application to gain experience turned into a surprising interview for the position of supply chain engineer.

Despite my preconceptions about the company’s location – a remote area with no amenities – I found myself sitting across from Joy, who would soon become my manager. Her enthusiasm and vision for Vanderlande’s future left a lasting impression on me. Against my initial reservations, I accepted the job offer, marking the beginning of my professional journey.

Despite initial doubts, my decision to join Vanderlande proved to be a defining moment in my life. Looking back, I realise the importance of not judging opportunities solely based on initial impressions. My journey taught me the value of embracing change and allowing life to unfold naturally.

Over the years, I have witnessed Vanderlande’s growth first-hand. The company’s expansion mirrors my own growth, both professionally and personally. One memorable aspect of my time at Vanderlande was the creation of a commemorative coin by our Shanghai office, symbolising the shared history between China and our company (the People’s Republic of China was founded in the same year as Vanderlande).

The close association, symbolised by the special coin, serves as a reminder of the interconnectedness of my experiences. While my journey began with uncertainty, it ultimately led to a fulfilling and successful career, shaped by unexpected turns and valuable lessons along the way.

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