Hi there dear blog aficionados!
Now in the early morning as I am sitting on my commute from Gothenburg to Trollhättan, I am in a reflective mood, and with a smile on my face thinking back on the previous week. Of what one might wonder? Well, it certainly included intermingling, laughter and lots of pizza – in other words, the Inspiration Night!
Last Tuesday, 23rd Jan, we young graduates arranged for an Inspiration Night for the local ITU-programme (High School programme of Industry & Technology). Over 30 interested pupils and parents joined us at this event, where they got the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the GKN enterprise in Trollhättan and simultaneously get to know what opportunities and what the ITU-programme offer.
The evening started with an inspiring (of course) presentation held by our graduate Lisa, on education in general and within technical fields specifically, as well as sharing insights into the operations and enterprise of GKN – what we do and why that is important. Two outstanding teachers from GKN were also present – Magnus Ek and Per Ingemansson. They described the ITU-programme, shared interesting statistics, answered interesting questions and also presented what opportunities there are before, during and after ITU. Jonas Velander, a former student, was also present at the event and shared his colorful experience of the programme, which has led him to his interests and work today involving the RM12 jet engine for JAS Gripen.
Something that actually caught my attention, which I appreciate, is the flexibility in choice that ITU offers with both qualifying towards higher education as well as providing good practical hands-on experience during the time that you’re studying.
The evening was concluded with some fun intermingling and lots of pizza! It was nice to be able to speak with both parents and students, discuss education and listen to their thoughts and opinions in the matter – and gobbling substantial amounts of pizza while doing so!
We graduates are definitely repeating this event due to the positive response of the evening. Onwards, we are planning to also invite all pupil classes in secondary schools that wishes to join, and ignite even more interest for technology and spread the inspiration!
Mr. P signing out!