Our new Lead Salesforce Consultant Carlo de Jonge has spent the last five years living and working in Sydney, Australia! After five years of living close to several beaches and spotting dolphins while commuting to work on a ferry, the move back to the Netherlands is… well, an adjustment. But even though he is not looking forward to being stuck in traffic jams again, he is definitely excited to start working at Appsolutely and build a connection with his new colleagues!
Let’s hear more! What did you do prior?
After obtaining my bachelor in International Business Administration and my master in Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing, I worked at Deloitte for almost eight years. Here, I helped clients with their digital transformations, which often included Salesforce. In my last role as internal business partner, building bridges between business and IT was a big part of my job. After two years at Deloitte Australia, I worked as a Business Solutions Manager at Mirvac for nearly three years. At the end of last year, we decided to move back home to the Netherlands.
Why did you choose Appsolutely?
After coming back to the Netherlands, I started reflecting on what I was truly looking for in my next job. I had conversations with several recruiters, one of whom mentioned Appsolutely. He described the company and the employees as having a lot of potential and ambition to grow. After two interviews with Floor and Jaap, I felt there was a mutual and genuine click, and I became excited about the idea to be able to help Appsolutely with their growth ambition. This gave me the confidence to know it would be a good fit for me.
What do you think will be a challenge?
I will definitely have to get used to the Dutch way of working again! In the Netherlands, people are very results-oriented but not always considering the people aspect, while in Australia it is more important to build good relationships with your coworkers and customers. The overall mindset is more relaxed. In the beginning, I had to adjust to the Australian business culture, but now I hope my experience in Sydney allows me to contribute something positive to the culture at Appsolutely! Besides the cultural difference, it will probably be challenging to build real connections with my colleagues, as most people are working from home. However, I am confident this will all work out in the end!
How will you contribute to Appsolutely?
As I mentioned before, I hope to bring positive energy to the Appsolutely team. Though I am sure there is a lot of this already! I also value growth and ambition, and I would like to build a good relationship with my colleagues in order to grow as a team. Moreover, having fun in my work and getting fulfillment out of it is one of the most important things for me.
What goals are you aiming for?
I hope to contribute to Appsolutely’s internal qualitative growth, by passing my skills and experience on to the team. I believe there are many opportunities in the field of advisory services. The combination of advisory capability and deep technical expertise makes Appsolutely a force to be reckoned with! One of the things that gives me the most fulfillment is seeing the result of my work in practice. Therefore, I hope to get the opportunity to carry out challenging projects with interesting customers. Building long-lasting relationships with customers and being involved in the implementation of our solutions, whilst giving the guidance and support that is needed to help our customers in the best possible way, is what makes me happiest!
How would you describe your personality?
I am an introvert by nature, but I simultaneously enjoy spending time with other people a lot. I guess I am an extroverted introvert or, as they say, an ambivert. For me, a good balance between spending time by myself and spending time with other people is very important. Furthermore, I am passionate about my work and I am proud of the fact that I always aim for quality and genuinely want to help others.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy doing sports a lot. In Australia, we lived close to the beach and I spent a lot of time surfing and scuba diving. Exploring new places and discovering new foods is also a big passion of mine, as is gaming with my friends. Now that we moved back to the Netherlands, it is my wish to get two dogs. I have wanted this for a long time, and after buying a house, we are finally getting them!
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