“Sometimes you just have to take the plunge without overthinking”
In our series #WomeninScience, we will hear from the female scientific staff working on fastMOT, telling us about their roles in our project and their experiences of finding their career in science.
Meet our second guest, Monique Gevers, Project Management Officer at Single Quantum.
Please, tell us more about your background.
Hello, I’m Monique, and I come from the charming town of Sint-Oedenrode in Noord-Brabant, the Netherlands. I studied Applied Physics and completed my education at Single Quantum, the very company where I’ve spent the last five years of my professional life.
I started as a Development Engineer at Single Quantum, where I actively participated in various EU projects, focusing on characterizing newly developed devices. Along the way, I seized the opportunity to expand my skills in Lean Six Sigma, leading projects aimed at streamlining processes and improving efficiency within the organization. My knack for project management paved the way for my transition into the role of a Program Management Officer. In this role, I’ve had the opportunity to contribute to Single Quantum’s innovative initiatives in a way that differs from my previous role as a Development Engineer.
Keep pursuing what you find interesting and what makes you happy.
How did you find out what your talent was after school?
During my graduation project, I was uncertain about the specific job I wanted after completing my studies. I did know I wanted to pursue something technical — that was my starting point. Fortunately, Single Quantum offered me a position as a Development Engineer, making it a straightforward decision to begin my professional journey. I realized sometimes you just have to take the plunge without overthinking; if it doesn’t suit you, you can always explore other options. As fate would have it, I not only liked the role but also found my niche within the company. Over the course of five years, I took on various side projects, these experiences helped me identify my talents and preferences, leading to my current role as project management officer.
Engaging in work that brings you energy not only benefits your personal well-being but also energizes the workplace and fosters positive collaboration.
What would you recommend young talents about to step into working life?
Keep pursuing what you find interesting and what makes you happy. Engaging in work that brings you energy not only benefits your personal well-being but also energizes the workplace and fosters positive collaboration. Your enthusiasm can inspire your colleagues, encouraging a shared dedication to common goals. But, if you find that what you’re doing does not match, it’s okay to move on. Embrace change and seek out opportunities that align with your passions.
Thanks for the interview, Monique!