Date of the interview
Information about your Master’s program
At which university are you currently completing your Master’s degree?
Università degli Studi di Padova
Please provide the name of the study program.
Were there any challenges at the beginning of your Master’s program?
Why do you specialize in this area?
Because it increases job opportunities.
How satisfied are you with the current or completed Master’s program?
Information about your career start
What was your entry position?
Please name your main tasks.
Analysis at lab and pilot scale, identify, test and optimize water treatment techniques, drafting of reports, legislation and standards analysis, plant design.
How did you know after studying in which area you would like to work (e.g. renewable energies, consultancy, quality and auditing, environmental measurements, sustainability assessment, research etc.?)
Water technology is the area I like most and I feel I am best in.
What challenges did you face when starting your career?
My German Bachelor degree was not recognized as equivalent to an Italian degree.
What could possibly have made your career start easier?
The equivalence between my German degree and an Italian degree (very important).
How can you use competences acquired during the Bachelor’s program in the Master and/ or professional life?
I very much use the following competences acquired during my Bachelor in my professional life: working in the laboratory (safety and quality), scientific working and writing (method, reports), research and analysis of information and legislation, Excel and VBA use. In my Master the following competences, in addition to the background (contents), developed during the Bachelor are very useful: use of the computer (Matlab, Excel), critical thinking.
What advice do you have for current or prospective students regarding the start of their career?
A Master degree is almost a must for the professional career in our field: Keep on studying!
Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I would do this Bachelor degree 100 times again. A huge Thank you to all professors, assistants and people who work in HSRW.
Is the current situation with the coronavirus affecting your career?
I won a scholarship to spend one and a half year in Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, writing my thesis and performing research in the field of waste management. This programme allows to obtain a double degree from Università degli Studi di Padova (Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering) and from Tsinghua University (Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Engineering). I was supposed to leave in March 2020, I am now waiting for the situation to be safe again and then leave for this unique opportunity.