[Interviews]

Femke van der Gaag

Manager at the Medical Center Haaglanden

‘Clothes’
I think a lot of people see me as cheerful, optimistic and ambitious. Creative, that’s what I am too. Especially when it comes to clothing, I can get inspiration from anywhere and the creativity can be seen back in what I wear. Clothing is a way to express my personality.

‘Ten steps further’
I began as a nurse and became a manager at the age of twenty-four. Now that we are four years further, I am still the youngest manager in the hospital. But whether that is very special, I don’t know. If I should be forced to look back, then this is perhaps what I wanted to achieve back then. Only now I am ten steps further. Where I’d want to be now? At a point that I am so good at something, that people will know to find me.

‘To Do pad’
I always have my To Do pad with me, and it says a lot about who I am in the workplace. While I’m in conversation with others, I could choose to save everything on my phone but that is often impersonal. I don’t want people to think that I am on the WhatsApp, when what I’m doing is taking notes. For me it’s important to really listen and give attention to others.

‘Support’
It is nice to help someone in developing themselves. When I see employees having a certain ambition, I try to support them. But then not too much, because there also must be space to experience things for yourself.

‘Uniform’
Business lifestyle is not only about what you wear at work. Because if everybody wears a white uniform, it is difficult to distinguish yourself. What it all comes down to is this: everyone is unique, and you don’t have to do anything to be who you are.

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Clothing:
Wendela van Dijk

Photographer:
Kin Yuen

Stylist:
Manuela Martorelli

Muah:
Li Dawn Mulder

Interviewer:
Lexter Woodley

    

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