Ann-Marie Stapelbroek, Software Engineer, at IVU in Aachen since 2016

Hello Ann-Marie, please tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Ann-Marie, I'm 29 years old and I've been working in the Development division at IVU in Aachen since 2016.

After leaving school, I initially trained as mechatronics engineer. I then did a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and a master's degree in systems engineering and automation. By that point, I was already focusing on IT and software development.

What was it like starting out at IVU?

My start at IVU was really enjoyable. In my early days at IVU, I had a dedicated contact person, a buddy, who dedicated more of his time to problems that you'd expect. So I felt that my initial phase was very positive, and I was pleased that I wasn't left to fend for myself straight away.

What do you like about IVU?

I particularly like the wide range of tasks, the variety. The open working atmosphere is also great. The doors are literally always open, and I think that's lovely. What's more, it makes you less inhibited about just going over to someone and asking something. I also like the fact that instead of having typical core working hours, you can organise yourself to a large extent. That gives you a lot of flexibility.

How would you describe the collaboration within the team?

Everyone is allowed, enabled and encouraged to contribute their own ideas – regardless of their level of experience. There's a really strong team spirit. This means that IVU is very open and helpful. There's always time to discuss things. As well as engendering a pleasant working atmosphere, this also makes many things much simpler.

What do applicants need to be successful in your job?

My job mainly involves solution-oriented thinking and an interest in the blend of hardware and software development as well as the embedded area.

What word would you use to describe IVU?

Interesting. Because I find the subject matter interesting, but also because can help to shape something relevant that makes life easier for me and probably for many others.