Meet Frederik

Real work experience

It is important to think theory into a practical context in which the theory can subsequently be implemented in the labor market. But, when you as a student is sitting at a lecture, most people can beckon to the fact that it can sometimes be difficult to see through how complex methods can be used in practice.

In such cases, electrotechnology students at DTU can ask their fellow student Frederik Skov for advice. Unlike many of his fellow students, he has experience from the labor market. The 30-year automatic technician already has 10 years of professional experience and sees a clear advantage in having worked with the theory that he and his fellow students learn at the lectures. 

Hard work pays off

Frederik has enrolled at Technical College as IT supporter but takes a drastic decision already on his first day. When he watches the large machines at Technical College, he decides that he will work with electrical machines and controls. Subsequently, he is hired as technical coordinator at DSB.

At the moment Frederik is studying at DTU on a daily basis, but although Frederik finds it interesting to study at DTU, he will not do without his practical work at DSB. Therefore, he still works at DSB once a week, and in that way, he can maintain the combination of the technical and theoretical terms, which works very well for him, he says.

Frederik does not have a secondary education and therefore he takes an admission course at DTU for a year and a half, in parallel with his full-time work at DSB. It is a requirement before he can start his bachelor in electrical engineering. He explains that it is of course hard to concentrate on both school and full-time work, but adds that he has a great interest in both technical and theoretical terms. Therefore, he thinks it makes perfect sense to combine the two things. 

 

What motivates you?

In 2012, Frederik gets the locomotives he works with every day to perform better than they have ever done in the last 30 years. He explains that for him it is a huge success and that it is such experiences that motivates him. Frederik is proud of the work he is doing and especially what he does for other people. He thinks it is a pity that DSB has gotten so boring of a reputation and explains that the press is far too sensational.

“The press writes too few of the good stories, especially about DSB, and I think people should think about that.”

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

The railway industry allows a lot of opportunities to make mistakes that you can learn from. Frederik likes to be challenged and tells that his job gives him great opportunities to be so.

“I am being challenged in many ways when I am at work, and it has developed me as a person. I have learned, among other things, to dare to talk in larger assemblies, which I am very pleased to be able to do today.” 

But not only does he develop in a personal way. He starts at DSB as a maintenance craftsman, but then proves his worth and is offered the position of technical coordinator. This, of course, suits the ambitious mate quite well. He explains that things must have an element of excitement and that he becomes restless if he is stuck in boring work. He feels good when he gets to try his strength with different things because in that way he feels that he develops best.

 “When my tasks are challenging and complex I am happy, and it should preferably be a good combination of something practical and theoretical.”

 

What does the future look like?

Frederik dreams of getting to work with strong currents in the future. However, he also says that as he develops his skills, in the form of the educational choices he has made, it also opens up other possibilities in the future. Therefore he does not restrict himself but broadens his horizons in the way he thinks it is important to do. After all, Frederik is convinced that he is still working within the railway industry in 10 years.

The intergenerational meeting

He believes that it will always be distinctive to the railway industry to embrace a combination of something theoretical and practical. In addition, he says that Generation Y has some super strong theoretical experiences in terms of technological and language skills, whereas Generation X has mastered the practical experience. He, therefore, argues that the two generations in the future will get on well together and he explains that it is all about exploiting each other’s abilities. In conclusion to that he says:

“What one generation can’t do, the other can.”

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