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Chelsea started as a trainee in Technology & Engineering and was able to get to know different locations during this time. In the following interview, she explains what options were offered and what she would have done differently in retrospect.

Tell us about your Evonik journey and your current position.  

I joined Evonik in 2018 as a trainee in TE (Technology & Engineering), a two-year rotation program During that time, I had the chance to work at different plants and got involved into different projects. After finishing the trainee program, I’m now working as a process engineer at the in the Asia Pacific North region, supporting process optimization projects and Lean Six Sigma activities. 

Which opportunities were offered to you at Evonik?  

I feel that the rotation opportunity, having an experienced mentor and getting to learn Lean Six Sigma was beneficial for me. All that helped me to start my career, experiencing different departments, functions and projects. This has given me the opportunity to get to know the diverse working areas of Evonik and how a company operates. By getting involved in projects, I also got an insight into project management techniques and practices.  

In retrospect, would you do anything differently?  

One thing that I somehow regret, is that during my rotation, I didn’t dive deep enough into the operational activities. The operational perspective is very important to conduct a successful process optimization project. So, if I have the opportunity in future projects, I’ll take it. 

How do you think the diversity aspect will develop in the future?  

I certainly believe that in the future it will be more and more diverse in our company and in our industry. Diversity is not only a hot topic in today’s world, but it also means the rising awareness of people with different backgrounds getting equal opportunities. The world is developing in a good direction so I’m quite optimistic. 

Do you have any advice for other women in your profession?  

Even though I just started my own career my advice for younger women who’d like to start her career as an engineer is: try different functions if you have a rotation opportunity – broadening your view and horizon at the beginning can help. The second advice and also my personal plan to share would be: after starting as a generalist, dive deep as a specialist.   

Role title: Process Engineer
Based: Shanghai Xinzhuang, China  
Division: TI-TE-APN 
Joined Evonik : 2018
StudyM.Sc. of Advanced Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London  

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