4 October 2019 • Martijn Tamboer
After many years of hard work, it’s suddenly time to say goodbye to the Hague University of Applied Sciences. You’ve found another job or it’s time to retire. And then what? Time for something else, to relax and reflect. Or maybe not? At the start of this academic year, former staff members of THUAS launched XNet, a digital meeting place for former THUAS staff members. Co-initiator Ruben Kofman: “Former staff members possess a wealth of contacts, knowledge and experience. We want to be involved and continue to engage with this amazing university of applied sciences.”
A street sign with his name still adorns ‘his’ Communications department at Poseidon. Internal advisor from 2001 to 2017. For sixteen years Ruben Kofman “loved his job” at THUAS.
“I had never thought about what I would do after retiring. It happened very suddenly. You work hard until one day ‘toodle-oo’ and off you go. At first it feels like an endless holiday. Reading, visiting museums, taking short trips. But then gradually life starts to feel a bit more empty. I think it’s important that people still feel involved with THUAS, even after their working lives.”
In January of 2018 I received a phone call. “I was called by the Campus unit manager. He asked if I could organise the university of applied sciences bike tour. Together with former staff member Herman Leijdesdorff and some others I immediately set up a project group. Other retirees joined us. And the university of applied sciences bike tour was a huge success. It was a great way to do something meaningful for THUAS.”
The bike tour turned out to be the start of a network for former staff members. XNet. The HRM department gathered seven former staff members who presented the idea to the Executive Board. The Executive Board was very excited. “We wrote to everyone who had left the university of applied sciences in the last five years, after working here on a permanent contract.” Around sixty people signed up for the kick-off on the opening day of the new academic year, on August 29.
Looking for help?
“Colleagues who enjoyed working here, who are passionate about THUAS and who want to stay involved and maybe even take on a more active role. They have a wealth of experience and knowledge that they can apply to projects that are important for our society. And that goes for retired employees as well as colleagues who may have taken a job elsewhere. With XNet we can offer a helping hand to support these important projects.”
“THUAS can use our knowledge and experience through XNet. This provides us with an opportunity to engage and be appreciated, and it makes for a great story at birthdays and parties. We have now become ambassadors of this wonderful university of applied sciences.”
For more information see the XNet website.