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"Kingspan gives everybody the opportunity to grow, and genuinely cares about people. It’s not easy to find a big business that does that."
I have been working for Kingspan since November 2018, after graduating with a Master’s Degree in Nanotechnology, Materials Science and Engineering. Materials science is a multidisciplinary field, and I was able to bring research skills, knowledge and understanding of the chemistry and processes to help progress and expand our business within the context of sustainability and new methodologies and products, as well as technically and operationally on the management, control and strategic planning side of things. So, as a polymer engineer, my role involves everything from dealing with chemical suppliers to product manufacturing and applications or engineering projects. It’s very dynamic.
I like the open environment – being able to collaborate and work with so many different people and other divisions worldwide. As I said earlier, it’s very dynamic, it’s challenging and there is lots of innovation, which I find very appealing.
This is a really great programme – it gave me so much, both personally and professionally. The focus is very much on personal development and self-awareness. It taught me things like conflict resolution, how to achieve a healthy mind set and self-empowerment. I also gained a good general vision of the business, including finance, R&D and marketing. I was able to build close relationships with people from different backgrounds, and I now have contacts all over the world. It was a huge opportunity to shape my future in the business, and I found it a very positive experience.
I am proud to be part of a programme that is not only about business, but also about having a positive impact on planet earth, opening the door to both their and our future. I get the opportunity to innovate and create eco-solutions, and methodologies to improve projects – it’s a really important initiative.
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