Young Professionals Point of View: Globalize Your Career

March
,
2018
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Globalization has become unavoidable for businesses, organizations, and even individuals who must now extend their reach internationally to be successful. Political entities around the world are split on the idea — either decrying or heralding its implications on trade, supply chains, and efficiency. This discord can be intimidating to students and young professionals. However, globalization is inevitable and young people need to consider how it affects them.

Fortunately, my involvement in AIChE and other organziations exposed me to the concept of globalization while I was still in school. As I began my job search during my senior year, I searched for positions with companies that valued this trend and were active participants on the global stage. I eventually accepted a position with a German specialty chemicals company that boasts over 35,000 employees worldwide. At the time, I did not expect that my global philosophy would escalate as far as it did. After being with the company less than three years, I was offered a transfer assignment to a site in Germany. Fast-forward two years into...

Author Bios: 

Owen Jappen

A senior process engineer at Evonik focusing on process optimization as well as new process development for superabsorbent polymers, Jappen highlights sustainability and responsible energy consumption as important aspects of his job. On the behalf of Evonik, he recently entered a competition in Germany for sustainability projects. He feels chemical engineers have a responsibility to offer their expertise to the public to help solve global issues. He hopes “to continue to volunteer and work for organizations that promote this effort and support cementing this value as a pillar of our...Read more

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