“The days are often filled with meetings, but we still have full freedom to decide our own individual work plan”

Meet Siyu Tan from Beijing, China.
Siyu Tan

Where are you from, what is your current field of study?

I’m a graduate student at the Department of Electrical and Information Technology (EIT), Lund University. My research focus is on system-on-chip design, more specifically the analysis, design, and verification of high-performance analog-to-digital converters using the state-of-the-art technologies.

What do you do here at Ericsson?

I’m doing an internship at the GFTL/ER/HDE Integrated Radio Systems unit as part of a joint Ericsson Research – LTH – Vinnova project.

Tell us about your typical day?

To be honest, I am not very good at getting up early but working as an intern, my daily life has become more organized. After having breakfast and a cup of coffee, I ride my bicycle to work normally around 9.00 am. Thanks to the short distance between my student apartment in Lund and Ericsson, it only takes me 10 minutes. When I get to the office, the days are often filled with meetings, but we still have full freedom to decide our own individual work plan.

Have you been given any career advice you feel will be useful in your future career?

Absolutely! After I got my master’s degree at Lund University, Sweden, I felt confused about whether I should continue studying as a Ph.D. student or find a job. During this period, one of my supervisors suggested it would be nice if I could continue working at the university and I chose to stay in the academic world. When I later got the opportunity to work as an intern at Ericsson, it gave me a better understanding of the industry as well.

What do you know now that you didn’t know before?

I hadn’t worked in this kind of a large company before, so everything here feels like a new experience. For example, I have learned how people are working in groups to deal with complicated designs and how teams communicate between different departments.