Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Ujjwal Mishra

Testimonial

Ujjwal Mishra has just started his 2nd month as Hippo Java Developer at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). His native country is India, but he has been living in the Netherlands for the past 5 years.

I started this job because I needed a new challenge and in this new role I’m given more responsibilities

Hippo Java Developer - Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Ujjwal started his ICT career in India as a trainee and was offered in 2012 the opportunity to do his apprenticeship in the Netherlands.

Soon after, he started at the ICT Services department of the AUAS, which is charged with managing the technological infrastructure that supports all IT processes at the AUAS and the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

What do you do?

'I am a Hippo Java Developer at ICT Services; this involves developing and maintaining AUAS and UvA sites. I started this job because I needed a new challenge and in this new role I’m given more responsibilities and I get the opportunity to develop new skills.'

‘Working in a content management system (CMS) is very interesting and the AUAS allows me to work on a product, which has a large number of end users. I enjoy that, and with it comes a sense of responsibility; I have to work more consciously as my work is going to be seen and used by the world.’

Was it easy for you to settle here?

‘The first month I was getting to know the work culture of the AUAS and I was mostly busy with lots of bug fixing, peer code review and meetings. I started to set up a development environment and got into the technical details of  the project. My team is helping me to get acquainted with my new work environment and is happy to share knowledge.’

‘To settle down in the Netherlands was not difficult, I never felt like an expat. Dutch people are very welcoming and helpful, nice and straightforward.'

What is special about the AUAS?

It is nice to work in a place where I see lots enthusiastic young people; it’s also a bit nostalgic to work in a student environment.