From Polish delays to Danish punctuality

Joanna is 26 years old and comes from Poland. She moved to Denmark because she wanted to study the Railway Technology study line at DTU. At DTU she took almost all courses from the railway focus area. Before she went to Denmark, she studied Logistic Railway Transport Technology at the Institute of Technology in Warszawa. After she finished her bachelor, she worked in Poland for two years. Subsequently, she decided to go north and ended up in Denmark because she wanted to go more into the technical part of the railway. She decided to go to DTU because of the good reputation of the university.

Joanna tells that the Danish railway is very different from the Polish. With an average of 5 minutes delays for suburban trains in Poland, it is very frustrating when you are in a hurry. A late train has only happened to Joanna two or three times in a period of 6 months and she thinks that you have really good connections for the transfers in Denmark. The Metro in Polen is not driverless and it is very crowded in the morning. You will have to skip one or two departures to be able to even get a seat on the train, even though it runs every three minutes.

The development of the railway

Joanna studied Transportation and Logistic in Poland for one and a half year. She liked designing railway tracks and the different approach in studying technical stuff. She thinks that the railway has big potential to grow. People from the outside do not really know how the railway works, but people working with it knows all the amazing things that are going to happen. When people ask her if she thinks that the railway has a bright future, she got one answer: Hell yeah! High-speed railways will be built and a lot of corridors are being established in Europe. The railway in Europe has big potential according to Joanna.

She knew that the industry was in need of engineers, thus this was not the reason why she choose her study, but of course it was a bonus that a lot of people told her, that the demand for railway engineers in Denmark was high and that when she graduated, the job would find her and not the other way around. The young engineer started in transport department, but after a year it merged with the management institute at DTU.

The leap to Denmark

Is there anything you would have liked to know before you made your choice on moving to Denmark we ask her. She laughs, but stutter out that she should have learned danish due to the Danish regulations. She has a big interest in the railway and wanted to get a bigger insight in the Danish railway, which was enough in terms of prerequisites. As people from the industry were invited to teach the students at the courses and took them to the stations, she learned more deeply how everything worked and that changed her spectacle on the railway, but in a positive way. It made her realize how complex it all was when she learned how to collect data and use it. She explains that it motivates her to achieve her goals when there is room for improvement. She wants the railway to develop and wants trains to be faster and more comfortable. She also wants to attract people to use the railway because it is more environmentally and safe.

The outcome

From the study, she obtained knowledge about signalling process and software which she also learned to use in practice. Personally, she figured out that she should look for a job that employs designing railway tracks. She tells that she would recommend the courses in general, but especially Signaling and Railway Design and Maintenance. The teachers are from the business and you can learn the software from people on the outside. If you are interested in railway this is also a good opportunity for learning more on the inside.

It was very clear that the people from the industry that came to teach the students, knew their stuff very well and it affected all of her fellow students, including herself. Joanna explains how the courses encourage her to go deeper into one field. She knew from the beginning that she wanted to go more into designing, but has discovered while taking the courses that she also will go more into signaling. She clarifies how she can use the basic knowledge about the elements in infrastructure, where to find the rules for designing and how to use them – but she has also expanded her knowledge in software, which she thinks she will make use of prospectively. She expects to work with either signaling systems, railway design or maybe the operational aspect of the railway. One thing is for sure, she will be working with the railway industry in the future, without a doubt.



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