Carla Voss-Martinow, financial helpdesk assistant
“I was almost 17 and worked in a supermarket on Saturdays. Someone who was working at ABP at the time (now APG) saw me at work and suggested that I apply. They needed people urgently. That was in 1974 and ABP had only just settled in Limburg. That's how I started here. Learning on the job, really. By regularly moving to a different place and changing jobs, you get to know the company better and better. The pension company appealed to me, I liked the idea of a position as a pension co-worker. I followed a good deal of training for that.
I always put my hand up when something new came along. Much has changed, more and more tasks have been automated. In my early days there were no computers, I'd never heard of automation. I joined new business units, started working with new systems and had to deal with a lot of regulatory changes. I want to do what's best for our customers. I often had criticisms, thought things should be different, could be better. That's why I was always allowed to contribute ideas and take part in projects.