How did your journey with Novozymes begin?
My journey in Novozymes started in 2013 as an intern in our site in Kalundborg. Afterwards I got a position as a student assistant. When I graduated, I really wanted to work as a recovery process engineer, but there were no open positions, so I decided to apply for a job outside of Novozymes. After a few months I got a call from a manager from Novozymes that wanted to offer me a job in our site in Fuglebakken. I was there for three years and after that our director moved to our site in Kalundborg and asked me to join him and try something out there. I accepted the offer, and it turned out to be such a great experience. I also got the chance to work on all the different production lines which gave me a very good ballast and many new opportunities for my future career.
How would you describe your personal and professional development?
In Novozymes we focus a lot on development goals. At one time in my career, I thought that I really wanted to become a manager. So, there was an open position in the Quality Control laboratories, and I applied and got the job. I was only 28 at the time, so of course it was very challenging for me in the beginning because I had a lot of responsibility for many employees. I was a manager for only one year because I felt that I was not finished working with science. I missed being in the laboratories, so I decided to apply for a position in the recovery pilot plant. I got the job, and now I am here, and have been for a year.
Also, one of the most fortunate things that have happened to me during my career, is that I have always been lucky to have great leaders. Leaders that have supported me and seen my full potential and motivated me to achieve my goals.
What is it about Novozymes that has made you stay here for so long?
What I love the most about Novozymes is that they focus on who you are as a person and try to accommodate your passion and interest. And then I really like that we have this very special Zymer spirit. For instance, my husband and I, we have been discussing that while he has tried many different workplaces during his career, for me, the thought of leaving feels like I am cheating on Novozymes, because I feel there is a big loyalty from the employees to the company, but also the other way around. Therefore, I still see myself in Novozymes long-term because there are so many opportunities and career paths to explore. So, I think I can find something to do for the rest of my career here.
What is the best career advice you have been given?
To have trust in yourself and not be afraid to live your dreams. Even though I was only 22 when I graduated and started working as an engineer, I did not expect that I would be here today in this very cool position.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Be honest with yourself and do things that makes you happy, and work in a place where you thrive. And be humble! In my opinion, when we come directly from university and have a prestigious title, we think that we can do anything. While there are many people here who may not have that high of an education level, they have many years of experience. We should respect this by learning from them and attempting to connect to create together.