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In Brainport Eindhoven we change the world because here we develop key technologies that change society. We can only do that because of our pioneers. So we’d like you to meet one of our pioneers: Luc Siecker.
My name is Luc Siecker, I am 21 years old and I am originally from Breezand. I live in Eindhoven.
I am now in my second year of the bachelor Psychology & Technology at the TU/e. I hesitated a bit between the universities of Groningen and Twente, but Eindhoven really appealed to me, especially because of the unique study that I do. You get a lot of psychology and in addition, you can choose three technical directions: architecture, ICT and robotics. I am very interested in software, so I chose ICT. There you also learn programming.
The program at TU/e is very broad, whereas the AI study in Groningen focused too specifically on certain things. In Eindhoven it ranges from real, pure psychology, such as sports psychology, to human factors: what should a display look like and which icons should you use? These are two totally different sides of psychology and in between, there is programming, software development. That is a unique combination and thanks to all the electives I can put together a super fun study.
Because I want to do the new master of Data Science & Artificial Intelligence at TU/e, I am already doing a premaster during my bachelor. So I have a lot of Computer Science courses next to it and that makes the study unique. After my bachelor's I can go straight on to the master.
It's not the specific master that ties in with my bachelor programme, but I've since learned that I want to go even further back in the process. I find AI and deep learning very interesting.
In any case, I didn't want to be a team manager and talk to a lot of partners, because frankly, I found that very scary. I had my focus on marketing because I found that very interesting. Especially on the software side; I was very curious about how the algorithms of social media work. And I like looking at statistics to find out what does well and what doesn't work so well. I also really enjoy video production and photography. In my spare time, I already did some video editing for small projects and acquaintances. And now I'm working on the bigger video production for the unveiling of our new race car.
I combine marketing with HR and therefore I don't do everything I could do. Social media often gets a bit forgotten and that's a shame.
The combination with HR is a logical one and given the shortage of members, these two functions were combined. Not that I wanted to do HR, but in retrospect I really like HR. I have good contacts with all team members, I pay close attention to them that they feel good about themselves and don't get overworked, which is a well-known problem in student teams. I also organize a lot of activities for mutual connection. This is very much needed especially with the lockdown. But I would have liked to do more team activities. But Covid made it quite difficult.
I also work a lot with the team manager. I jump in when necessary and vice versa the team manager sometimes jumps in too. That shared responsibility is nice. Together you are stronger.
I don't work on the car myself. I don't do anything technical, because I have to invest in the knowledge I don't have yet and I don't have enough time for that. I do sometimes spar with the engineers. Like the other day about the layout of the display. I learned that during my training. I then give tips from my point of view, but that's all.
Since I've been on the student team, I find it hard to think of what exactly I want to do. Now I think it would be nice to keep learning a lot. Within web development or marketing for example. That's what I'm doing now within the team as well. I have learned that I like the whole management and organization of it. I also like the social events. On the other hand, I can also do very focused programming in my spare time. I enjoy the variety.
I would like to work in the automotive sector. I also really like AI, so it would be great to combine those two things in working on the software of self-driving cars for example.
Before, I never really thought about what I wanted to do: I mainly do what comes my way and what seems fun.
I think a nice team is important for motivation. I also really enjoy doing Research & Development in a team, so I would enjoy that in a job later too.
First of all, I like it here. Especially the big difference for me is that I went from a village to a city. That makes it fun. It is very cosy, hospitable and the university is also very nice and relaxed. You don't have that at many other universities. And I think the possibility of student teams is of the greatest value.
I live here in a student room with 3 friends from high school and that is very cosy. I do go back to my parents every weekend, with whom I have a very close relationship. That's also why I went back to live with my parents during the lockdown.
I recommend everyone to join a student team for a year (full-time). It’s extremely valuable after your studies when looking for a job. It is so good for your personal development. It’s great.