Josefine Sörgel

The chemical industry has always been a sector where women tend to be underrepresented. That's true at Kuraray as well - especially in technical jobs. We therefore asked some of our female engineers whether they come up against any particular challenges in their work and the reasons why they chose their degree or vocational training course. 

“I chose my career on the basis of my preferences,” says Josefine Sörgel, a chemical lab technician who also gained a BSc through a combined training and study programme. “Chemistry, biology, maths and IT were my favourite subjects, so I spent my final school years at a specialist science college in Berlin.”  She had no role models in her family as she is the first person of her family to gain a degree. “I was also interested in other careers, but I thought it was important to learn something with future prospects.”

She first encountered Kuraray as a student employee and wrote her BSc dissertation at the company in 2013. Since then she has worked in process analytics, where she has established and driven forward online analytics. "Substance concentrations are continuously measured in the ongoing production process, which enables us to immediately detect and correct deviations from the formulas - a complex and very varied task that requires cooperation with many different specialist areas," Josefine Sörgel is pleased to report.

Working in a male-dominated field is not a problem for her. After all, a certain amount of self-confidence is helpful in any environment. “Besides, men pull themselves together when there's a woman present.” In her view, mixed teams are the most amenable and most successful.