Persevering to accelerate your career success – lessons from an engineer

Conchita Jimenez-Gonzalez, GSK Graduate Program Lead, Global Manufacturing & Supply

Conchita Jimenez-Gonzalez, GSK Graduate Program Lead, Global Manufacturing & Supply

I was born and raised in Mexico and grew up loving both science and people. This love drove me to study Chemical Engineering which eventually helped me become an engineer, a line manager, and, currently, the director of the Future Leaders Program in Global Manufacturing and Supply at GSK. 

Unfortunately, when I was growing up, there were many people that tried to dissuade me from engineering. They would say “Mujer que sabe Latin, ni encuentra marido ni tiene buen fin.” Loosely translated this means “A woman who knows Latin, will not find a husband and thus things will end badly.”

I'm delighted to say that I persevered! I have a rewarding professional life that has taught me few dos and one don’ts for a fulfilling career. As I prepared for my presentation at AIChE's monthly meeting, I thought it might help others if I shared these lessons with a wider audience:

I do not know the next stage on my journey, but these tips continue to be a great foundation - I hope they will be a great foundation for you too.