“As an electrical engineer you solve both technical and economic problems. That’s what I love doing!”
I’ve always liked technology and working with computers. My favorite subject at school was physics. I wanted to work in a diverse field where I faced many different challenges and work wasn’t just routine. I obtained my university entrance qualification in Nigeria in three semesters and then started studying electrical engineering in Kleve at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. I like the fact that I work with complex interrelated processes from various areas of electrical engineering, that there are major and minor issues which together form a big whole. As an electrical engineer you can work on solutions to both technical and economic problems and that’s what I love doing.
The campus is just a few minutes from KHS and the university and KHS have a good partnership. As a student you’re thus familiar with what’s on offer, things such as excursions, internships, student trainee jobs and options for your thesis. I applied for an internship where I learned a lot and was able to use my skills and knowledge. As an undergraduate I then worked on the further development of operator-promoted format changeovers, a project where I was able to take on responsibility and study a topic in both practice and theory. At the end of the project I was offered a permanent contract. I find it exciting that as a company we work with innovative technology, are very systematic in our approach and manufacture highly complex products.
“For me, there’s no such thing as a typical working day. Each day is a new challenge; there’s not much routine.”
I’m mainly based in Kleve but sometimes travel out to customers. I don’t have a typical working day. Each day is a new challenge; there’s not much routine. I’m constantly confronted with different technical challenges and also issues involving human relations. No day is the same. That’s what I like so much! I have plenty of contact to both colleagues and customers and work with a variety of software and programming tools. This in itself is pretty diverse. I need time and peace and quiet when programming so I usually do this in the afternoons or evenings.
I like playing soccer and going out with friends; both are a good way to relax. I also like to follow exciting projects at big companies and keep myself up to date.
Yes. I’ve read The Big Five for Life, a book on personal development.
I’d use six of the months to learn things I otherwise don’t have time for. I’d spend the other six months traveling, devoting lots of time to my family and friends and working as a volunteer.