Studied: Cardiovascular and immune diseases; Ph.D.
Experience: Ph.D. and Xendo (since January 2018)
Goals: Growth and contribute beyond
I’m Nadia Vazirpanah and I joined Xendo’s Young Talent program (Medical devices) in January 2018. I was born and partly raised in Iran but it is in the Netherlands that I completed my bachelor study at the Medical Laboratory Research in Groningen and my two Masters at the Vrije University in Amsterdam. During my Ph.D. position at the UMC Utrecht, I had the privilege to collaborate with multiple national and international experts. Simultaneously while working for Xendo, I am completing my dissertation to defend my thesis by November this year.
How do you get ready to start your day?
I live in Utrecht and travel daily to Leiden and use this time to prime my mind and plan strategies on how to tackle daily challenges prior to getting started in the office. However, once I reach Xendo - I first grab a cup of coffee!
What is something you look forward to every day?
Since I plan my day ahead, I am quite prepared for the things that I aim to accomplish throughout the day, hence, what really excites me are opportunities and unplanned events that just happen spontaneously!
Can you name some typical activities?
Selecting and applying appropriate sections of the Medical Device Regulation and standards and customize it specifically for the Medical Device in question. Also, defining and describing a product as adequate as possible is one of the essential activities.
Tell about your colleagues a bit perhaps.
Within Xendo, there are a variety of consultants with diverse ethnical and education background and expertise. Whenever there is a specific question, there is always a colleague willing to communicate and convey his/her knowledge and experiences with a cup of coffee or during lunch.
What is something you do every day?
The most amazing part of being a consultant is the variety of projects and challenges that you face. The rules are always the same, but the game changes continuously! And one thing we implement in all projects is to think and act along with clients.
What is the most challenging part of your job or day?
You have to imagine and picture a device in your mind completely in order not to leave any part undescribed and unaddressed; so you need a vivid imagination.
What makes you happy during your day?
I feed the monkey of my mind by having debates and discussions with my senior colleagues. This way I try to be challenged to think differently and see opportunities from multiple angles and to try and translate them into tailored solutions for each project.
Why did you pick this job?
After finishing my Ph.D., I realized that I enjoy change, different ways of thinking, and delineating a subject over a longer period. Besides this, the contact with a large network of colleagues and clients makes each day of working-life unique and extraordinary.
How does it fit into your career plan?
I learn something by being present in this environment where you’re involved in multiple projects every day. Like Benjamin Franklin said; “Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember, Involve me and I learn.” This is how Xendo structures the Young Talent Program.
How does this company define your success?
Parallel to ‘learning on the job’ the success is achieved as a result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.
To whom would you recommend this line of work?
If you need variety, want to be challenged, think outside of the box, work in a team, and contribute by taking responsibility in projects then you should consider this line of work. Are you gifted with a healthy and bright imagination and do you enjoy divergent projects? Consider working in this line of work within the wonderful world of Medical Devices.