Public Speaking Workshop

On the 22nd of June, Victor Deconinck gave a public speaking workshop. The turnout was disappointing but his talk was no less of a success. According to Victor Deconinck, the public speaking and presentation techniques we are taught in class are terrible – they put the audience to sleep! Instead of following the conventional introduction-explanation-conclusion format, a successful speech should first speak to the heart of the audience, then their heads (their rational side), and finally to their hands (their practical side). He also stressed the importance of knowing yourself (make use of your strengths, don’t try to be someone you’re not) and knowing your audience (adapt your talk to the people who will listen to you – age group, socio-economic status etc.). He illustrated his talk with stories from his experiences as a TV presenter and coach, and used well-known speeches like Obama’s to highlight the key elements of a successful speech. Some students also got the opportunity to apply Victor Deconinck’s advice and give a speech of their own.

Thales Lunch Lecture – Internet of Things

On the 6th of April, the SympCie organized a lunch lecture in collaboration with our sponsor Thales. Sigrid Reumer, Recruitment Consultant, first gave a brief overview of the company.  New Business Director Mike Balm then took over with the main topic of this talk: Internet of Things 2.0. Whereas Internet of Things 1.0 offers nothing more than a collection of sensors operating independently, Internet of Things 2.0 integrates all these sensors into a multi-purpose centralized application. Mike Balm illustrated the strengths of this emerging technology with concrete examples ranging from burglar-proof houses to smart cities, and shared his experiences developing IoT 2.0 in his own home. He also brought up an important challenge that comes along with interconnected and internet-connected devices: security. Thales is developing new authentication and encryption methods to make sure that sensitive data remains inaccessible to parties outside of your trusted circle. All in all, the lecture was a success – the subject was treated quite in depth and engaged technical and non-technical students alike.

PS: The Marines are not to be confused with the Navy.

Integrand workshop

On the 26th of January, SympCie organized an evening workshop in collaboration with Integrand, a student organization that helps students find internships or side-jobs and organizes career events. The workshop went very well despite the disappointing turnout (only 12 people attended) and technical difficulties (the event was moved to room T100 due to a stubborn beamer in T300). Jasper Ringoot (Advanced Technology student) and Shanna de Lang (Creative Technology student) from Integrand kept their presentation interactive and even humorous at times. Each topic in their presentation was introduced by a small brainstorming session. They covered the dos and don’ts when writing a CV and motivation letter, and shared methods to prepare for an interview, including the STARR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result, Reflection). Students were encouraged to share their own experiences working in project groups or committees and had lots of questions ranging from what to wear for an interview to whether a board year counts as work experience or not. At the end of the presentation, students showed Jasper and Shanna their CVs for constructive feedback. Oreos were a nice touch as well.

Example documents and tips for the best CV and motivation letter can be found below:

CV – English

Tips CV – English

CV template (zonder logo)

Example Motivation Letter – English

Tips Motivation Letter – English