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Meet Sophie Vingerhoets, a Graduate Project Engineer of Honeywell Process Solutions
How long have you been working for Honeywell?
Almost 2 Years
What does your job entail and why do you love working at Honeywell?
I am in the Honeywell Process Solutions Projects Team so my day to day is working with our Experion System to implement project for customers. I love working at Honeywell because there is so much to learn in so many different fields and so many opportunities to learn. That combined with a supportive team makes it a great organization to start a career in.
What do you think helped you get so far in your career?
I am only at the very start of my career, hopefully the start of a very long career. But from what I can see in the team around me it is passion to learn and to understand the customers needs that really helps you grow in the organization.
What advice would you give young people about pursuing a career?
I would tell young people to not settle for a career and push themselves. I think the next few decades will be a real turning point in our economy and lifestyle so it will be great to have young people out there who are passionate and critical thinkers that can shape Australia’s future.
How do you see Inclusion & Diversity in Honeywell?
I really value Honeywell’s Inclusion & Diversity. It is the reason I wanted to work at Honeywell as they were noted as a great workplace for women. I love the work Honeywell does to connect women across the organization and the work Honeywell does in terms of our IPP.
What programs does Honeywell have in place to support Inclusion & Diversity?
Honeywell has great initiatives such as WE Connect to link up women across Honeywell and provide learning opportunities. Honeywell also has great involvement for NADOIC week Wear it Purple day and in school events such as SPARKs and women in Engineering university events that speaks volumes for Honeywell’s drive for diversity.
What is the most valuable aspect of working in a diverse and inclusive environment?
I think the more diverse our workplace the better and more well rounded our products, services and developments will be. I think the key to success is having that inclusion of all mindsets as it is the collective thinking and ideas that makes the best developments.
Do you feel Inclusion & Diversity important at workplace and why?
Inclusion & Diversity is critical in our organization and across all organizations as it leads to the development of products, services and policies that work for all members of our society and will lead to a better future.
Is there a quote that motivates you?
Not so much of a quote, but in my first month at Honeywell I was lucky enough to attend a Women in Engineering Event with Turia Pitt as the guest speaker. As part of her presentation she talked about how seatbelts were originally designed and tested for the typical male as it was designed by men and as a result there was a higher rate of female deaths in crashes. There was a similar statistic about Panadol dosages. It brought to light very clearly the need for diversity in workplaces and how we need people of all walks of life to be involved in the design of our future to make sure it fits for everybody.
Tell us about an influential woman in your life or workplace who inspires you a lot.
I am very lucky to be surrounded by amazing and talented women in my team at work as well as in my day to day life. I am lucky enough to have a female manager, and it has been a really fantastic experience not only to have someone to look up who is amazing at what they do but also to have a manager who has an insight into the female working style and can provide advise to adapt this working style. Having such a direct female influence on my career has helped me immensely in my career progression.