I deal with every detail of the product, from design to model, to the moment it arrives on the shelves.Maaike Slot

Maaike learned a lot and gained a great deal of experience from her start in the Bachelor’s in Creative Technology at the University of Twente. She then went on to take a Master’s in Industrial Design Engineering. The university’s friendly atmosphere and her sense of belonging meant that opting for the University of Twente was not exactly difficult. Her programme also offers her the necessary challenges, as well as excellent career prospects.

In your view, what makes the programme so unique?

Maaike replies “The direct contact involved, as well as the accessible avenues of communication with the coordinator or lecturer. The fact that you work in small groups also makes the programme very accessible and pleasant. I opted for Management of Product Development, which involves direct contact with companies. That way, you learn not only from the programme itself, you also acquire knowledge from the business community. Straight away, you have to deal with the fact that assignments must be handled confidentially, as the results are sometimes put to direct use by the company in question. On occasion, we also go on study trips to individual companies. This shows you how the theory you learned about in lectures is put to work, and what that means in practice. Totally fascinating, of course!” 

What are your career prospects? 

At the moment, Maaike is halfway through her Master’s, and is involved in the product development side of her programme. This Bachelor’s and Master’s combination ties in nicely with the areas she prefers – communication, creativity, engineering and technology. “I am particularly interested in project leadership in the area of developing new products. The future of this field holds enormous challenges and opportunities, of course. Ideally, I’d like to work in a medium-sized company or in a family business. That way, there would be ample opportunity for personal input and brainstorming about creative new ideas and solutions”. 

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