As an Industrial Design Engineer, I was asked to elaborate on the development of a new waste separation system at the municipality of Amsterdam: How should it work? How do we make sure people will use it? How many of those systems do we need? And where do we place them? Answering to those, and many more questions, shows the broad professional skills of Industrial Design Engineers.
The Master Industrial Design Engineering also gave me the opportunity to further develop my soft skills. The project-based education, for example, gave me valuable experiences in working in multidisciplinary groups, working towards strict deadlines and presenting results with clear (body) language and fancy visuals. Those soft skills have helped me to grow towards my current role as a project manager at the municipality.
In October 2018 I will start a new job as a change manager at the bank ING. Within that role, I will have to analyze trends, create solutions and advise managers and directors of the bank. The goal is to finally convince those managers and directors to adapt to a new technology, innovation or way of working, in order to keep the organization strong and competitive. Although I won't be sketching and creating any 3D visuals anymore, that doesn't mean I won't be an Industrial Design Engineer anymore. Analyzing target groups and answering to their needs with tailor made solutions, making feasible compromises within big project groups and convincing others of my results with the right presentation methods, are all skills that I will need for my next job. And those are all skills that I gained within my Master of Industrial Design Engineering!