The activities of SkillsLab team are organized and promoted by a group of students with different backgrounds. In this team, four functional groups can be distinguished: general manager, branding, content and external relations. Together with ESA professionals they endeavor to provide events and material of that focusses on TU/e studens. Curious who they are? You can find them and their motivation below.
NB. We are looking for new team members. If you are interested in this role, please visit the TU/e SkillsLab vacancies page for more information.
Jochem Gieles is our General Manager, who keeps the overview of the different SkillsLab teams. Jochem's view on developing professional skills is:
“Professional skills? Never heard of it.” This could have been me at the start of my board year at UniPartners. But as ignorant as I was on beforehand, so well aware of the importance was I afterwards. A year full of collaboration, providing structure and presentations overwhelmed me with evidence of the power of professional skills. It is amazing to see how negotiation skills or people management can make or break a collaboration. Enriched with this insight I decided to join TU/e SkillsLab. It provided me with the perfect place to maintain my focus on professional skill development and share my insights to create awareness with others. Awareness is the first step in development!
The members of the branding team are responsible for the promotion of SkillsLab and its activities. At this moment, the team consists of two members:
Gwen van Doorn
"Questions such as “Who am I?”, “What are my strengths and weaknesses?” and “What are my interests?” were always important to me. They help me to make the right choices and develop myself. And I believe personal development is relevant in every stage of your life. So why not start with it now? Professional skills are a great deal of personal development and SkillsLab helps me and hopefully many other students to embrace these skills. "
Jan-peter van der Steege
"I believe not only in the results themselves, but also strongly in the way how they are obtained and presented. This process can consists of brainstorming, collaborating, networking, presentations, writing reports and a lot of other steps where professional skills are very useful. When I had the opportunity to join the SkillsLab team, I grab that opportunity to improve my own skills, but especially to work on a platform that make self-development activities available for every student on the TU/e."
The Content Team is responsible for the online content on this website as also as the organization of the workshops. Their team has the following members:
"As a student, you can come up with the most fantastic innovations, products and projects, but if you cannot sell these projects to your customers or teachers, they remain ideas. This also applies to conducting research, writing papers and working in teams. During their study, students tend to mainly focus on finishing their courses and projects, whereas professional skill development is also an important aspect. After finishing your study, you do not just want to find a job, you want to find thé job and employers are not looking for a candidate, but for thé candidate that meets their requirements. By focusing on the development of your professional skills during your study, you will not only benefit on a personal level, but you will also have a head-start at the start of your own career."
Edda van Teeffelen
"At the Eindhoven University of Technology you don’t have to worry about your academic skills, the curriculum is well thought through and this year Elsevier even awarded the TU/e for being best university of technology in the Netherlands. But have you ever worried about your professional skills? Unfortunately those aren’t always fully covered by your curriculum, even though professional skills are massively important. Professional skills are complementary to your academic skills, and you will need both of them for a head start in your career. Stop worrying and take action! Join our workshops or explore our online skills library!"
"I was one of those students who was mainly focused on passing courses and working on projects. Stressing out the day before the deadline, feeling extremely nervous the minute before my final presentation. Giving presentations and project management are daily business for me, but for a long time I did not take the initiative to boost my professional skills. When I started working for SkillsLab, I realized that improving my professional skills is just another challenge similar to passing a course or a project! I now know that it is always easy to run away, but it is tackling your difficulties that help your further."
External Relations Team
The team members of the External Relations team have close contact with parties that are related to SkillsLab. This team is represented by:
"Everybody has to do something they don’t like at some point. Some people hate talking in front of crowds, others love all the attention. During my bachelor’s project, I found out that writing is not my strongest skill and that I also do not particularly like it. Since I am now working on my master’s project, I want to improve my writing before I finish. SkillsLab can be really helpful in that, since they offer thesis workshops and you can also follow a course in Academic Writing. Doing this, I hope to improve myself and be able to write better reports and essays in the future."
Stephen Abraham Reynolds
"I decided to challenge myself and besides the master track Building Physics & Services, I applied at TU/e SkillsLab to develop my Professional Skills. I chose for an engineering study, because I prefer dealing with quantifiable methods. After my bachelor studies, I took on my first full time job and realized that engineers tend to be behind the pack when it comes to their Professional skills. This motivated me to help students reach their full potential through our activities and further develop my own skill set. Effective team members and leaders with an engineering background are in great demand with employers. It is essential for engineers, like yourself and me, to develop these skills (for free) during your student years!"
"Hi, my name is Sven, I am the newest member of Skillslab. When starting at this university, I had the feeling that I was going to learn everything I needed, to be working at a certain company. But over the years I realized that the university can’t teach you everything. I believe the university is focused on teaching you knowledge, but you also need to be well aware of your level of skills, and actively strive to improve them. I found out most of my strengths and weaknesses are not about knowledge, but about skills. I feel like professional skills are very often not visible in your grades, but do play an important role in the rest of your career."
Daphne van Dongen
Daphne van Dongen is the project leader for the TU/e SkillsLab and works for the ESA department. She is guiding SkillsLab's development and supports the students of the SkillsLab team.