For Mimoze, it’s not the amount of opportunities you are offered, but the amount of opportunities you notice that make the difference. In her people story, she talks about these opportunities and what advice she has for women in her profession.
Tell us about your Evonik journey and your current position.
I first applied for an interim position as a laboratory technician at the central lab where I performed physical tests on aerosol particles. Later, a vacancy appeared at the OXENO-plant and I seized this opportunity. At Oxeno, I am responsible for analyzing intermediate and final samples.
Which opportunities were offered to you at Evonik?
It is not the amount of opportunities you are offered, but the amount of opportunities you notice that make the difference. It is important that you have a goal in mind and to go for it. This approach ultimately helped me to reach my current position. And who knows what will come my way in the future? So it’s not only a matter of receiving opportunities, but also of taking them. And be sure, there will be plenty!
In retrospect, would you do anything differently?
In retrospect, I would not change anything. All my past experiences and decisions brought me to the place I am now. There is still a lot to learn and I look forward to improving myself by learning from experienced colleagues.
How do you think the diversity aspect will develop in the future?
Evonik is a multicultural company in which the role of diversity becomes more and more important. Although this topic comes with several challenges, living up to diversity is the only way to share ideas, experiences, technologies and to stimulate further development. Uniting different perspectives is the key driver of continuous company growth.
Do you have any advice for other women in your profession?
The first thing you should do is to surround yourself with people who believe in you. Treat people the way you want to be treated - and try to always stay positive. It’s also important to never let yourself be intimidated by anyone’s physical appearance, knowledge and experience! Instead, accept criticism and learn from it. And the most important advice is to never give up!
Role title: laboratory technician
Based: Antwerp, Belgium
Division: Performance Materials
Joined Evonik : 2019
Study: Bachelor chemistry