Tai Xi's two-year journey in the International Professional Rotational Enrichment Program (IPREP) began in 2019. She tells us about her experiences and what it's like to work as a production engineer at Evonik.
Tell us about your Evonik journey and your current position.
I joined the company in 2019 through the International Professional Rotational Enrichment Program (IPREP), a 2-year rotational program. My first rotation was at the Evonik site in Mobile, Alabama, and I was working as a utilities engineer. My second rotation took place at Essen-Goldschmidt, Germany, in the Marketing & New Business Development team. For my third and final rotation, I worked as production engineer at the plant in Reserve, Louisiana. At the end of the program, I accepted a job offer at my final rotation as Production Engineer at Reserve!
Which opportunities were offered to you at Evonik?
Being part of a rotational program with Evonik gave me the opportunity to build skills and “try on” roles in many different areas of the company. This experience made me a well-rounded candidate and allowed me to make an informed decision on what kind of position to pursue after the program’s conclusion. Another advantage of working at Evonik is its established regional and global reach – there were many open positions available in my region (and beyond!) when I was looking for my permanent role.
In retrospect, would you do anything differently?
I would have made a greater effort as a new employee to network beyond my day-to-day colleagues. Evonik has a tremendous amount of talented team members with a lot to teach you and most people enjoy chatting about their career path with early career professionals!
How do you think the diversity aspect will develop in the future?
I think that Evonik’s decision to solicit feedback from employees about how to support and encourage diversity in the workplace was a step in the right direction. Evonik has made clear that it values the varied perspectives a diverse workplace can provide and is nurturing opportunities for POC/minorities to succeed.
Do you have any advice for other women in your profession?
Don’t be discouraged about joining a female-minority profession. At the end of the day, your co-workers will evaluate you on your merits! Evonik has many inspiring women in roles as employees, managers, executives, and more. You can succeed!
Role title: Production Engineer
Based: Reserve, LA, USA
Division: Nutrition & Care
Joined Evonik : 2019
Study: B.Sc. Chemical Engineering