Hadis’ Story

Everyone has a story to tell but not everyone gets an opportunity to tell it

I, Hadis Rostamzad, am now a Process control engineer at Worley in the Netherlands. I would like to express through this medium my life from a curious girl coming to the Netherlands to be with the love of her life, and to graduate from the university in the Netherlands as a Process Engineer, a confident person knowing my own road to success.

Process Control was just a small chapter of my bachelor thesis, but after finishing my graduation internship I started working for an engineering company producing papers containing information on how to control specific parts of the refinery and I was part of the team! A team containing different disciplines such as process, mechanical, electrical, civil, etc. It was just like back in the university when we were working in teams to finish our projects.

Day after day I got used to the job and got to know the project better and apply the knowledge I got from the courses I had in the university like process dynamics, process optimizations, until the time that it was finished. “And now?” I asked my supervisor curiously, “Now it’s show time” he said, and we went to check if the system works according to all the data in the “papers” I produced!

To be honest my first FAT (factory acceptance check) was very intense, they checked every single detail before starting it up in the refinery, I could see my narratives and reports in the hands of the operators and system engineers, I could see the values I calculated in the programs in front me, getting to see the simulations in real life! The first time I saw my work running in the system with full control, I couldn’t be more proud!

I took part in lot of extracurricular activities, we had a team in our company for the fresh graduated students, I participated in the 3 days graduate conference weekend in UK and I learned a lot during that time.

Being a full-time employee doesn’t mean you can’t go back to the university, I tried to stay connected with the university and help students find their ways by participating in different activities like open days, TU carrier days, etc.

I had an interview with the Hague university as well.

I was also hosting workshops for university, seeing students and being back at classroom is always nice. 

I would like to finish my story with Steve Jobs’s words: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”. I came a long way from Iran having agricultural soil engineering degree and start a new challenge to study process engineering in the Netherlands and now I am doing what I always wanted in a way I like it.

Always find the balance and be happy.

 ~ Hadis

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