Jan Van Elst started his working life at the age of 18 when he got hired by International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) as a lab assistant. At this point he didn't know that the company makes perfumes, but when he found out he set his goal to become a perfumer. He worked his way up achieving what he had set out to do and furthermore, towards the end of his career, got asked to set up an academy to train future perfumers.
To learn more about Jan Van Elst and the companies he has worked for click the links below:
http://www.iff.com http://www.drom.com https://janvanelst.wordpress.com/auth... (In dutch)