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Alumni in the spotlight: Arne Nys

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Alumni in the spotlight: Arne Nys    Jun 06, 2017

Alumni in the spotlight: Arne Nys
Jun 06, 2017

Many UHasselt-alumni excel in what they do. At home and abroad. This also applies to Arne Nys, alumnus Transportation Sciences. After the graduation ceremony in 2016, he took the first plane to Berlin to start working as ‘Product Manager’ for door2door. Relive the adventure of Arne Nys in twelve questions.

1. After high school, I chose to study Transportation Sciences, because …
I already drew cities and connected these cities with roads and railways, when I was a child. I was interested in how we organize, build and connect our urban planning. The Ba/Ma Transportation Sciences was the next, logical step.

2. The most important asset of the Ba/Ma Transportation Sciences is …
the subject’s relevance and the holistic approach. Transportation is everywhere, and it encompasses many different disciplines. My degree is rather unique, even at the transportation company where I currently work. That is a huge asset. Due to the broad knowledge I gained during my study, I am more or less a jack-of-all-trades.

3. The thing that made studying in Diepenbeek so special, was …
the university’s small scale. Whether you studied Applied Economics, Architecture or Biology, everyone knew each other in Diepenbeek. But back then, the Ba/Ma Transportation Sciences was less known with our fellow students. As a future transportation scientist, you quickly learned that you always needed to have a brief summary about your studies prepared. For me personally, the small scale also had a downside every now and then. At times I felt the need to break out. Than my friends in neighbouring cities were fortunately never far away.

4. My favourite spot on campus was …
the student restaurant. We spent innumerable hours there: to prepare assignments or simply to relax. Our class was a close and cheerful group, something that our professors definitely noticed at the graduation ceremony.

5. The professor who inspired me the most, was …
Willy Miermans. He was the one professor who could let you dream or who could take you on a journey through his vision. Some professors leave a lasting impression. They form you in a completely different way. You can't compare it with the cliché image of a professor who just reads slides out loud.

6. As a student, I was …
critical, but constructive. I represented the Ba/Ma Transportation Sciences in all possible student advisory bodies and ran the student council. As student representative, I engaged myself to take our Ba/Ma Transportation Sciences to a next level for current and future students.

7. If Hasselt University has thought me one thing, it will be …
the fact that things are never as easy as they seem. Ready-made answers simply don’t exist. It therefore is important to thoroughly reflect on the topic and to conduct research on it. Scientific research is permitted to be slowly executed, because nuancing takes time. It sharply contrasts with the industry.

8. I got in contact with door2door thanks to …
my international internship in Berlin during my first master year. I got to know door2door, as the start-up launched a multi-modal travel app. In my last academic year, I applied for a six month internship at the start-up in Berlin, got selected for a job interview – firstly over skype, secondly face-to-face – and completed an assignment. Shortly after, I received a phone call that they wanted to hire me. The original plan was a six month internship, but I love what I do. I am learning every day and the atmosphere is pleasant, so I think I will stick here for a while.

9. On a typical work day …
I show up for work at 10:00 a.m. A product manager needs to work continuously together with developers, designers, the business development team and sales. You have to assemble with the right people at the right moment and pass on the latest correct information to all colleagues. Everyone has to dispose of the same information in order to take the right decisions. When the weather is fine, we often go to our roof terrace which offers a nice view over the city.

10. In my job, I had to get used to …
rapidly taking well-considered decisions. Contrary to universities, hyper dynamic start-ups don’t have time to extensively conduct research. Decisions have to be rapidly taken without a solid background information to base the decision on. There is also another challenge: not everyone shares the same idea about (the future of) the product. You have to make sure that everyone is on the same wavelength and works towards the same idea. We are a well-run firm that needs to be adjusted from time to time. It requires persuasiveness and a feeling for communication.

11. The key to success is …
yourself, how cliché! I experienced that you can only succeed in life, when you fight for it. Don’t wait for others to do it for you. Keep challenging yourself! Keep taking new steps in order to improve yourself on a personal and professional level.

12. I advise current and future students Transportation Sciences to …
take the initiative. Also do also the things you aren’t expected to do. Have a critical mind and thus dare to speak up. Don’t accept everything unquestioningly. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished. In short: make sure that your studies are worth it.