The first Make it in the North career event in Friesland was a huge success
By Thomas Ansell
Make it in the North is an online platform and project to help more International and internationally-thinking people find jobs and opportunities in the Northern Netherlands. Whilst the main website and job portal has been online since July of last year, Make it in the North is currently touring Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe with a series of diverting career events.
Around 315 visitors attended the event, travelling from across Friesland, and also from both Groningen and Drenthe to come. The glorious new Markt058 building, right next to Leeuwarden’s train station, were generous hosts. Inside the soaring main hall of Markt058, more than 20 companies set out their stalls, with representatives (many of whom were offering jobs on the day) from such well-known businesses as the JamZone, Conoship; and Parkos.
Aside from individual companies, there were also several of the various cluster and employers associations active in the North present- including the WaterCampus (Leeuwarden is the ‘European Capital of Water Technology’), the InnovatieCluster Drachten (home of Phillips, amongst others), and the Koninklijke MetaalUnie.
The workshops were so well-attended that more chairs had to be brought in, whilst Leeuwarder Wethouder Friso Douwstra was on hand to open the festivities. Naturally, The Northern Times was present in our specially-converted red box.
We asked attendees to write down some of the things they loved about the North, and to answer the question “how can we be more International?” Some things people loved included “wide open spaces”, “polite people”, and “the Wadden Islands”. All wonderful characteristic to be sure. Echoing Leeuwarden’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2018, a suggestion for how to be more International was “iepen up!”
The next Make it in the North event will be in Groningen in Spring. We look forward to meeting more people and helping amplify the various opportunities to ‘make it’ in Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe.
Check out the aftermovie below!
Image via Marjolein Wiersma/Make it in the North