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Career Path: Head of Technology, Adval Tech
Location: Niederwangen, Switzerland

I started with an apprenticeship as Mechanical Designer and afterwards added the Bachelor in Science for Mechanical Engineering. During this time I had several engineering jobs in different fields of mechanical and electrical engineering. To improve my knowledge in management and economics, I added a Master of Business Administration, taking me to position of CEO. After several years successfully leading some business units and companies, I decided to focus on what I love, which is being creative and solve wicket technical problems and to improve a company's performances in doing things differently. Therefore, I decided to study the Master of Arts in Design Professional Practice at Northumbria University, helping me to get more creative and faster in doing what I love to do as Head of Technology.

What are you doing now?

As Head of Technology at Adval Tech I have two main tasks. Firstly, to improve the processes to increase efficiency and efficacy together with my team, including state-of-the-art technology and improve the system, structure and culture. Secondly, I am responsible in developing new machinery of the next generation and keeping in mind all the economic factors involved.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

Because I was heavily involved in my job, I searched for a distance learning course which would help me improve my creativity and choose the contents of the course which suited me best. The choice of Northumbria University was easy, as it was the best option available not only in UK, but worldwide.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

The online courses were fun and the homework was challenging.

How connected was your course with industry?

Very connected, as it was distance learning and I could use a lot of the content I studied directly in the industrial environment.

What was the best thing about your course?

The ideas we have been able to develop in the online courses and challenging each other's thoughts and opinions on this.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Thanks to this course I now have more knowledge than previously due to the understanding and application of design and creative thinking.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Creative and design thinking.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The online courses and the proficiency of the teachers.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Studying at Northumbria University is not only about getting a degree but it is a life changing experience. Therefore, doing the minimum is not challenging your personality enough and will never take you to the limits you can reach. Stay open-minded and you will find out that each problem has opportunities to improve.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Creative, Interactive, Fun

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