After a busy two weeks of fast-tracking my thesis project, I am back to blogging about our life here in KTH. Master’s degree project or loosely termed as thesis project is the final part of the master degree where we work on research topics aligning with our master programme. In today’s blog post, I write about my main experiences and learning while working with a Swedish company on my thesis project.
The first thing that comes to my mind when I think back about the last few months is how much support I have received from Husqvarna and KTH to conduct the thesis project. The thesis was remotely conducted but Husqvarna sponsored the visit to their company in Jonsered for a week to experience what it feels like to work in the company. So I got a chance to be at the company and also explore Goteborg city. Supervisors at Husqvarna and KTH committed one hour of time every week to supervise and assist me in conducting the thesis.
Regular Feedback and Communication
This is one of the main things to consider while doing a thesis project with a company. I made it a point to communicate and discuss my findings with the company every week and bring up any hindrances. In the end, this helps to build trust between you and the company while writing a thesis that is relevant and valid to the company.
Experiment as much as possible
The thesis project is the time when we can experientially learn concepts that were taught in the previous courses. This is the time to be brave and experiment with those learnings in the industrial setting in a disruptive manner. Because every experience contributes to a new learning experience. I had the opportunity to try out new methods for conducting workshops, experimenting with new product development processes…while few worked, the remaining went into my box of learning.
I experienced professionalism from day 1 of the project. During the project, I had to interview around 25 employees in Husqvarna and everyone agreed readily to it and I was able to complete the activity on time. Professionalism is also expected from us in delivering quality work and maintaining research ethics.
Overall, I was both a learning experience and I had a lot of fun working with supervisors at KTH and the company. I look forward to the final leg of this journey.