Strandie in the Spotlight: Steven Claessens
Strandie in the spotlight
This is only possible because of our Strandies. Every month we put the spotlight on one of them to get to know them better. This month, we would like you to meet Steven Claessens, an expert from our Engineering division.
1) How did you end up at Strand?
Back in 2015 I was detached to a project by a competitor. My project was just finished when I received a phone call from Simon. He asked me what my talents were, and told me he had the perfect job that matched with my abilities. At first I told him no…But he was very persuasive! I became a Strandie and started to work at Tessenderlo Chemie.
I ended up improving my job content, salary, and work environment. It was an excellent match, as I’m still working there today!
2) What’s the best thing about being a Project Consultant at Strand?
Strand has a good overview of interesting employers and projects, you can go where the action is. Every time you work somewhere, you learn about how the company works, their standards, and its specialties.
3) Describe Strand in 3 words
Efficient, smart, style
4) What is your biggest win at Strand?
I'm matched very well with my current team and employer. At a relatively young age, I got the opportunity to design large and interesting projects across "engineering boundaries". They gave me a job where I was able to think and work outside the box.
5) Tell us something surprising about yourself.
When the war in Ukraine started, I had sleepless nights. I thought about my own wife and children, and how safe they were. I woke up with a plan: #EENPAKVANMIJNHART was born. The idea was to send a van with clothing, food and medicine so I started to fill boxes with products. Once they were full, I transported them. Soon enough, one van became several vans and now I am about to send my second big truck over there.
My idea evolved from a one-man-operation to a brilliant team of volunteers, and several supermarkets and pharmacies as involved partners. If anyone is interested, they can stay up-to-date about #EENPAKVANMIJNHART on Facebook or Instagram.
8) If you could pick any superpower, what would you choose?
I would like the ability to stretch time. Life would be more practical if I had 48 hours in one day to balance work, family, friends, projects, entertainment, and travel.
9) What advice do you have for other professionals?
If you want to be successful, you need to be part of a team, a tribe, or a family. In my experience, when you look after Strand, they look after you. And then, the sky is the limit!