I started at Flowserve early May 2016 as a Project Administrator, until July 2017.
Flowserve is an American company. It’s headquarters, Flowserve Corporate, is in Irving Texas, USA.
From the headquarters, the decision was made that a couple of affiliates in Europe would be closed. Unfortunately, the affiliate in Hengelo Overijssel, the Netherlands was one of them. This caused the employees to search for another job. Soon the desks and departments became empty and the colleagues, still working there, got overwhelmed by the tasks that still remained.
By several personnel-/secondment companies, temporary employees where hired who could work independent, having experience and picking up new tasks easily. By one of those companies, Tjellens, I was hired for the department for documentation such as certificates, manuals, fabrication documentation, etc. Of the 5 colleagues who used to work there, only 3 remained at this department. One of them worked for 24 hours a week, the other worked 32 hours a week and number three was about to leave. I was hired so I could take over the tasks of this colleague. I worked 36 hours a week.
It was important that the new colleague easily picked up his/her duties and could work independently, due to the high level of workload, caused by fewer staff. My colleague, who worked 24 hours a week, told our boss that she was happy with me, when he asked her how I was doing. She told our chef that I have indeed easily picked up my duties. A positive result, because now she could give me the tasks of the departed colleague, which was given to her temporarily.
The projects of Flowserve Hengelo, the Netherlands, were spread among the European affiliates. However, not all of them. A few projects remained in Hengelo. With the three of us from the department where the documentation was handled, we took care of the transfer of the projects and for the correct administration of the projects Hengelo needed to take care for. Early August, my colleague – the one who taught me and gave me instructions – left Flowserve and a few weeks later my other colleague left Flowserve. From that moment on, till July 2017, I took care of the remained projects. And the last six months only one project was left and with the Project Manager from South-Korea, the Project Engineer and me, we could finalize this last project too.
From January 2016 I started on a voluntary basis helping Study house Reshiet [read: resheet] (side activity).
Study house Reshiet is formed by a Jewish/Jewish-Christian couple from the Netherlands, who are moved to Israel.
The main goal of the family is to help people to read and interpreted the Bible for themselves, by giving them the basic knowledge about the language the Bible originally is written in. Great scholars have translated our Bible translations, but they are nothing more then a translation where words, sentences and contexts can be wrongly explained and understood.
One of the tools of this study, is the Dutch book “Hebreeuws in Zes Dagen [Hebrew in Six Days]”. With this study book, Study house Reshiet gives an Aleph course in the Hebrew Alphabet, including some Hebrew words. By using a unique story, the reader is taught in the prime language of the Bible.
This book is a success in the Dutch language and the next step is to press this book in the (American) English language too. The translator already did his job and I was asked to edit (to check) the translation.
Study house Reshiet gives more Hebew courses than just the basic Hebrew course called Aleph. Check their website (click on the logo) if you are interested in one of their courses. Besides the given courses, they also give study trips under the flag Reset Israel Tours. Both websites are written in Dutch, but that might change in the near future.