How often do you enter a competition and really expect to win? Not many of us! But Sebastiaan van Didden decided to try and triumphed! Last March he participated in the 5th edition of our BearingPoint Caribbean Challenge. During the 3-hour competition, contestants are challenged to build a working application using business rules. Sebastiaan passed the test with flying colours and as the Winner of Modeling Challenge 2017 he was given the ultimate prize: an all expenses paid trip to Curacao for an exclusive in-house week at our headquarters! Halfway through his week we’ve asked Sebastiaan to share his experiences so far.
Before going to Curacao
“Before going to Curaçao, I decided to refrain from looking up too much information prior to my trip. Mainly for the reason that every story is colored by its owner and I wanted to make my own. By doing so, I tried to keep an open mind and simply see for myself. The only things I did expect were tropical temperatures and the typical stereotype of a laidback culture with loving people.”
“Upon arrival, I was welcomed by my first expectation: a blistering heat. Lately, the temperature on the island has been much higher than usual due to the hurricanes passing by. Even still, after one day of swimming around in your clothes, you get quite used to the heat and your body adjusts as well.
The latter expectation I have also found to be true, but with one amendment. While in general tropical lands have a welcoming culture, Curaçao has the high, western norms of living as well. That said, going by the island is like having a tropical holiday with all the comforts of home. A clear difference, however, is that rather planning everything in advance, people really live day by day. Although the lack of organization sometimes may be perceived as inconvenient, I found it to give a more relaxed setting and more freedom of choice.”
“On the first day at the office, I was given a tour around the office and introduced to everyone. To be honest, the company is small enough to feel the close interaction between departments, but large enough to forget most of the names.
In the coming days, I will be working further on a case with the software “Be Informed” to better understand the working environment. Naturally, this will be alternated by many meeting with all the departments of BearingPoint Caribbean.”
Stay tuned for more about Sebastiaan’s experiences, as the winner of Modeling Challenge 2017, of our famous in-house week!