As one of the first members of the "Tissue Engineering" project house, Jennifer gives exciting insights into her professional career in her People Story and tells us why one should not be afraid to be ambitious.
Tell us about your Evonik journey and your current position.
Two years ago, I moved to Singapore to join Evonik and was one of the initial members of the Project House “Tissue Engineering” at the Asia Research Hub of Evonik. It has been a great opportunity and learning experience to join such a project from the start. I got the opportunity to first develop from a scientist into a project manager and now, I am leading a group focusing on New Business Development within this Project House.
Which opportunities were offered to you at Evonik?
Being part of the Creavis Project House was a unique experience, even within the company itself. It allowed me to interact with people from different backgrounds and fields of expertise within and outside Evonik and to build a valuable network that helped me in daily work in my personal career. Additionally, I was given the opportunity to personalize my career journey at Evonik considering the aspects that I like and that represent my strengths such as strategy in research, development and innovation.
In retrospect, would you do anything differently?
To be honest, I would not do anything differently. I was lucky enough to find out what I want to do at an early stage and worked hard to reach my goals. I had the opportunity to work abroad and that’s an amazing experience I do not want to miss.
How do you think the diversity aspect will develop in the future?
I hope that in the future, we will continue to move towards equal professional opportunities for all and, more particularly, that women get the possibility to better grow professionally by offering more solutions that allow them to combine family and career.
Do you have any advice for other women in your profession?
My advice is to take the time to reflect on what type of career you would like to have, in which field you want to develop and not to be afraid to go for it! Being clear about what you want, what is important to you and pursuing the position you aspire to reach will be recognized and will help you to progress in your career. In a few words: do not be afraid to be ambitious.
Role title:Head of New Business Development - Project House Tissue Engineering
Based: Asia Research Hub, Singapore
Joined Evonik : 2019
Study: PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology, M.Sc. in Biotechnology