Frauke Penen, 4x100m relay runner, Belgium
In August 2011, Frauke Penen (born 20 February 1985) was forced to end her elite sports career because of an injury to her Achilles tendon. The high point of her career was the silver medal for the Belgian 4x100m relay team in the 2008 Olympic Games and her participation in the 2006 and 2010 European Championships.
Frauke first came in contact with the Belgium ACP in 2011. This allowed her to do a four month internship at Adecco's ACP department where she helped the ACP Manager for Adecco Belgium on communications projects for the Programme.
After her internship with Adecco, Frauke moved to Spain to gain some experience abroad. Nevertheless she stayed in close contact with the Belgian ACP Manager. In November 2012 she decided to come back to Belgium and involve the ACP to support her in finding a job. She was invited to give a testimonial at the European Employment Forum in November 2012 together with Adecco ACP representatives and this impacted her career plans considerably. She met with the Belgian Country Manager who encouraged her to apply for a job with Adecco Belgium. Things moved quickly and she received confirmation from Adecco to start as Recruitment Consultant at the Adecco Antwerp branch! Frauke testifies: "My last athletic year started very promising with hard training sessions, good results and a great internship at Adecco where I could put my energy in the development of the Belgium Athlete Career Programme, a project where I was able to create opportunities for athletes to get work experience. And suddenly I found myself in the same situation of needing support and a job. Really fantastic! 2011 ended very painful with injuries, sadness and the end of my athletic career. But I acquired work and a cultureal experience abroad and I had a plan for my future. Now I'm very happy that I can start to work for Adecco Belgium as a full time consultant which is extremely exciting, fascinating and promising. For sure, it will only go better!"