It’s a Wednesday afternoon. We receive a call from the National Consortium for Medical Devices, based in Den Haag. They’re urgently looking for large-scale packaging services. And not only do they need these services “yesterday,” they want the reassurance that the packaging operations comply with the strictest quality and hygiene guidelines. “Can you handle this sort of thing?”, they ask us. Six days later, we’ve massively upscaled our Personal Care division, to the point where we can now deliver tens of thousands of kits a week.
A day in the life of... Angelique Nooijen
Executive Assistant Angélique Nooijen, who is based at Vepak’s Menhirweg site, has one of the most dynamic jobs going at our company – one where flexibility is the name of the game. And if that isn’t enough, this talented all-rounder is also involved in marketing communications. To find out just what Angélique gets up to on a typical workday, we tagged along with her for an entire day.
I’m getting an extra early start this morning. My better half works in shifts, and he’s due to work the morning shift today. This means I’m in charge of making sure our two children get to school in time. So I hop out of bed, take a quick shower, get dressed, and sit down to breakfast with the kids. Then it’s time to grab the backpacks and start preparing my lunch.
I arrive at the office at around nine. I made a list yesterday of important things to do today, but of course the first thing I do is check the various inboxes and calendars to see if there’s anything that requires immediate attention. There are always unexpected jobs that come up on a typical workday, but that’s part of what makes my job so much fun!
As an executive assistant, I’m busy all day doing everything from scheduling meetings and drafting meeting minutes to editing and translating documents, handling correspondence on COVID-19, creating presentations for the narrowcasting service, and being on the phone pretty much throughout the day. But my main job is to make life as easy as possible for my managers – which happens to be something I love doing!
I like to get out for some fresh air on my lunch break. Just a short walk, and then I’m good to go for the rest of the afternoon. There’s a whole slew of things that I really need to get done by close of business today, so there’s no time to lose!
I spend a couple of hours a week working on our marketing communications, and one of my jobs is putting together VetiNews, our monthly company newsletter. It involves a lot more work than you might think, so I always make sure I start gathering the copy well ahead of time. I ask the plant managers to share whatever news they might have, and I also produce my own content. In fact, I spend quite a few hours every month creating the newsletter. But it’s a fun job, and I know from the positive feedback that people appreciate it.
Our editorial board is meeting the day after tomorrow to discuss content marketing – this is a team of coworkers and communications professionals that we put together ourselves. Our job as a team is to tell people about all the exciting things happening at Vetipak. I’m the chair of the editorial meeting, which requires some prepping. What topics do we need to discuss in the immediate future, how’s that new product video coming along, and how successful have we been with our campaigns? Luckily, it doesn’t take me too long to prepare this time. I’m all set for that editorial meeting!
I’ve come to the end of another day. I managed to check off every item on my to-do list and have even already prepared one for tomorrow. When I get home, dinner’s already on the table and I can join the rest the family. We always take turns telling each other about our day, which we enjoy. After dinner, the kids go outside to play with friends, while I get ready for my weekly running training session.
After the warm-up, we do a couple of core stability exercises, followed by a few running drills and some interval training. It turns out we’ve got our work cut out for us today: we’re doing 5 x 800 meters, with sprints of 100 meters in between to recover... After ending the session with a couple of stretching exercises, I decide to call it quits and head home. After giving the children – who are already in bed at this point – hugs and kisses, I hit the shower and then slump down on the sofa. I check my phone to see if any important texts have come in from coworkers, such as confirmations of tomorrow’s appointments. But there are no messages, so I can relax. I watch a bit of Netflix, and then it’s time for some shuteye...
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