I have worked at Dow Chemical in Midland, MI for over 16 years in a variety of Supply Chain roles. Michigan Operations Purchasing was my first stop, then onto our Global Headquarters Logistics Department. After that, I held a variety of Planning roles in the Glycol Ethers Business, and now I am in Dows Customer Service Expertise Center.
If math is one of your better subjects, if you enjoy problem solving or puzzles, and if you like to organize people or data, you should consider a career in engineering. From my perspective, engineers are problem solvers; but as I've also learned, they do not sit behind drafting boards!
My first job after graduating was with Urban Science Applications in downtown Detroit. They caught my eye when I was a junior and I was determined to work for them. Whenever we had an event on campus through SEA, I made sure they were invited, I made sure I introduced myself to their representative, I made sure they knew when I was graduating, and I made sure they knew I wanted to work for them! It was a great first job and I appreciate the opportunity they gave me; however, my personal life led me to Midland and Dow Chemical.
I can't pick out a single event that was my greatest experience, but I was fortunate to have a fantastic Academic Advisor who really made a difference for me. She not only helped me plan my course schedule, but she encouraged me to apply for a summer internship at General Motors after my sophomore year. That experience was invaluable I learned so much about the auto industry, people, and the workplace.
The Chemical Industry impacts all of us on a daily basis and I am very proud to work for a leading company like Dow Chemical. The people I work with are intelligent, dedicated, and willing to extend themselves to solve problems and improve living daily.
My dad was a big influence for me he recognized my potential in science and math and suggested I look into engineering. My initial 17-year-old reaction was, â€œAn engineer sits behind a drafting boards not what I want to do!â€ Then he told me about a friend of his who had a daughter in Engineering Arts (now Applied Engineering Sciences) at MSU and suggested I check it out when I got on campus. He was right the blend of engineering with business was a good fit for me and has served me well.