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In this podcast series, we embark on a journey to the year 2030 together with host Anic van Damme to explore professions that are now slowly starting to take shape or don’t yet exist at all.

Scientists of the University of Twente outline the future of their field of expertise, varying from cybersecurity, climate adaptation, and the energy transition. These bright minds construct the most intriguing jobs you may be recruiting for in the not-so-distant future. 

My Future Dream Job - the podcast

Episode 1: The Human-Machine Interaction Expert

Starting this series from the Human Resource Management Department, professor Tanya Bondarouk explains what role Artificial Intelligence will play in HR in the year 2030. In the future HR-team that Bondarouk is composing, we need an expert between people management and IT. This team is accommodating both humans and social robots. 

Being a Human-Machine Interaction Expert, how do you deal with challenges like ethics? How will you contribute to keeping the human angle a top priority with the upcoming hunger for data? 

When it comes to assessing employees, professor Mark van der Meijde and educational advisor Anne Muller describe how they are working on an innovative HR tool that ensures that impact will be equally rewarded as research. 

Episode 1: The Human-Machine Interaction Expert

Episode 2: The Hypothesis Extractor

How can scientists and citizens together take research to the next level? One of the pioneers in Citizen Science, Gaston Remmers, looks at data obtained by ordinary people as a major catalyst for a brand new approach to the innovation of healthcare. 

Data from patients as a starting point to build your hypothesis can lead to discoveries that are so profound that they will change entire conceptions of disease. That’s why in the year 2030 Remmers says that we need a person to analyze and interpret this data. What knowledge should you have and what are the challenges in this future profession?  

In the TOPFIT Citizenlab at the University of Twente, researcher Ria Wolkorte is developing this new type of research. She works together with co-researchers experiencing rheumatoid arthritis. How can a Hypothesis Extractor contribute to this innovative approach? 

Episode 2: The Hypothesis Extractor

Episode 3: The Competence Broker

 How can a profession like teaching, which is as old as humanity, reinvent itself in the future? 

Koen de Pryck, head of the Center of Expertise in Learning and Teaching outlines the innovation of education for the year 2030. Challenged-Based Learning is one of the pillars shaping future education. Where a teacher and even a university itself will become a Competence Broker, always on the lookout to add value to contribute to the learning process. 

De Pryck explains how wicked problems must be tackled with multidisciplinary teams. 

University of Twente’s Teacher of the Year award winner, Anne Leferink implements this concept in her courses and describes what needs to be sorted out in the years to come to fully benefit from Challenge-Based Learning. 

Episode 3: The Competence Broker

Episode 4: The Data Security Detangler

Jaya Baloo is one of the most influential people in the field of cybersecurity.  She explains how the skein of digital infrastructure combined with the never-ending overload of data leads to a network where cyber threats are a vast reality.

Baloo lays out that there is a need for a specialist to disentangle this mess in order to minimize the time between detection and response of vulnerabilities. The demand for this profession will have increased dramatically by the year 2030. 

Often attackers use social engineering to gain entrance to our most valuable data. Researcher Jan-Willem Bullee explains what tactics attackers use and how we can train our own information awareness.

Episode 4: The Data Security Detangler

Episode 5: The Battery Materials Sourcing Engineer

The need for radically different usage of our planet's resources has never been so high. There is an increasing demand for electricity in the years to come. We need innovative ways to store that energy to take it out whenever and wherever we need it. 

Professor in nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage, Mark Huijben elaborates on the development of next-level batteries. Not only having optimal performance but also being more sustainable. That begins with the design of a battery. Also, the materials being used make a huge difference in their recyclability. 

Gerwin Hoogsteen, a researcher on energy management for smart grids, surprises us with a creative perspective on energy usage and storage. He takes us to the year 2030 where energy is stored locally, in self-driving cars that drive to places with energy overload and take it to the place where you need it: your home. What hurdles do we need to take to make this a reality?

Episode 5: The Battery Materials Sourcing Engineer

Episode 6: The Local Cooling Connector

The biggest global challenge that we have requires local solutions. 

Global warming is one of the biggest threats to human health. It is a matter of life and death for many people worldwide. There is a demand for scientific knowledge like almost never before in any field of science. That knowledge should be implemented in the right place with the right parties at the table to make the most impact. That is exactly what the future profession of a Local Colling Connector is all about. 

Professor of climate and disaster resilience and lead author of the latest IPCC assessment on climate change Maarten van Aalst points out the risks of heat for societies and specifically our own country. We take a stroll through the Schilderswijk in The Hague with Anne-Marie Hitipeuw. She works for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water. When it comes to the impact of increasing heat, in what ways can you cool down a hotspot like this? 

Episode 6: The Local Cooling Connector


Diversity in 230 is not just a story about gender or color anymore. It is about going beyond what’s visible. It is about deep-level diversity. 

Diversity & Inclusion officer, Sterre Mkatini wants the University of Twente to be a diverse and inclusive place. Even if that means that in the next decade her own job may evolve into another role. She outlines the profession of an InclusionTreasure Keeper. Where the treasure is that you intrinsically celebrate differences and uniqueness. 

Postdoc researcher, Marlon Nieuwenhuis, wants to know why the majority of students with a diploma in STEM, don’t continue this road in their professional life. If people are educated in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics we need them on board while climate change hits hard... 

A deep-level diversity approach can help us solve the energy crisis.

Episode 7: The Inclusion Treasure Keeper

EPISODE 8: THE Financial Costumizer

Every person deals with finance but only a minority can afford a personal financial advisor.
And let’s be honest, how many people really like to dig into financial products? According to professor of Business Information Systems from the University of Twente, Jos van Hillegersberg there is a mismatch between how people handle their finances and the financial products and services available.

In the last decades, we’ve seen a lot of standardization across industries. A Financial Customizer can help people bring personalisation back into finance. With the help of Artificial Intelligence, a person with this future job can configurate a perfect fit for your specific financial situation.

We explore how a large global corporation like ING is already using data modeling today, while we visit Global Head Enabling Analytics, Anand Autar. He is sharing some important advice when it comes to working with personal financial data.

Episode 8: The Financial Costumizer

EPISODE 9: THE cancer coach

Professor of Oncology Theo Ruers talks about the impact of Artificial Intelligence in cancer care and how this will impact medical doctors. Next to The Cancer Coach, we introduce another profession that could emerge in the future: The Cancer MatchMaker. Where you match your technical background with clinical needs. For example, developing a navigation tool for surgeons to help them with removing a tumor during an operation.

It is important to detect cancer as soon as possible. Lung specialist in training at Medisch Spectrum Twente, Sharina Kort did her PhD research on validating the electronic nose technology. How is it possible to detect lung cancer by smelling the air that someone exhales?

Episode 9: The Cancer Coach

EPISODE 10: The Student of the future

For the final episode of the year, we focus on the heart of our university community: students. We explore how studying in 2030 will differ from studying nowadays. According to Rector Magnificus Tom Veldkamp, future students will be much more in charge of what they learn and how they learn. Students design their own curriculum. Veldkamp explains what practical challenges come with that vision. 

Current Master Student Thomas Goudsblom reflects on these personalized tracks. What effect can this have on students? He suggests a different layout of the academic year and is strongly committed to enhancing student wellbeing.

If academic education will drastically change, also the design of the space where we learn will be different. What alternatives are there for iconic university lecture halls?

Episode 10: The Student Of The Future