The first year of ...
Daan Roos, Account manager
November 4, 2019. It is 06h00 and it is still dark outside. Yet my alarm clock had just gone off. Why did I get up so early? Well, it was time for my very first day at Special Fruit. After I had breakfast and refreshed myself, I left for Meer. A bit nervous, yes, but oh so much eager to get started.
The first few weeks in the company a lot came my way. New colleagues, fruit varieties that I didn't even know existed and professional jargon that wasn't in my dictionary. Nevertheless, I quickly gained knowledge thanks to the training programs that had been developed for me and the other Young Professionals. Not only did I learn about my own department, but I also learned a lot about other important things in the company. Think about the different types of pallets and packaging that are used, how quality checks are carried out, but also where the fruit comes from and what the different varieties and availabilities are per fruit variety. All strawberries and blueberries used to be the same for me, nowadays this is no longer the case. Thanks to this knowledge, I take a different look at the fruits and vegetables you can find in the supermarket. It was a fine and instructive period that is still useful today. Nevertheless, I still continue to learn a lot about the fruit world.
When I had gone over all the departments, it was time to focus harder on my own department, namely sales. My teammates included me in their communication with customers, so that they too got to know me. As time went on, I got more responsibilities and was allowed to arrange customer orders myself, of course all under the watchful eye of my team leader. In this way I learned the tricks of the trade.
After the hustle and bustle of the Christmas period, it was time for my very first, important test. Not so much a test on paper, but a test in real life. My teammates were present at Fruit Logistica, an annual fair for the fruit sector, and I took over their customers. These were some exciting days, but thanks to the telephone help from them, and other colleagues in the company, everything went very well. As a result, I built up a lot of confidence to take full responsibility for customers myself. Today I have a nice group of customers with whom I am in daily contact and to whom I sell fruit on a regular basis.
But Special Fruit is not just a place to work. There is also room for relaxation. There is the annual Ugly Xmas Sweater Day, one or more pints are drunk after working hours on Fridays and we can fully enjoy ourselves at the staff party until the early hours. What a party that was!
Unfortunately, a dirty critter arrived in Europe this year, especially COVID-19, so all activities have been postponed. Knowing Special Fruit, they will make up for this double and thick.