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Katja F.

Laboratory technician - project work
Kokkola, Finland
Rechargeable Battery Materials
Working for Umicore since 2020
"When I go to work, I expect to learn something new every day."

Can you describe your role at Umicore?

I work in the laboratory at Umicore in Kokkola and my job consists of two parts. I analyze product samples in the laboratory and I am a project worker. 

What do you enjoy about your job?

Umicore offers me a variety of tasks and the opportunity to take a level of responsibility that suits me well. Thanks to that I have been able to learn a lot of new and different things. 

What do you enjoy about working for Umicore?

Umicore’s activities are related to my studies.  Additionally, my position offers me a wide range of assignments so I touch upon different aspects of the company. All in all, I gain relevant experience that I hope to apply in my professional life after graduation. 

Why did you want to work at Umicore?

When looking for a summer job, I was specifically looking for a position in a laboratory. Umicore was the company that could offer me that and since my first summer was successful, I was happy to come back for another round. 

What are your expectations when you go to work in the morning?

In the morning, I look forward to learning something new that day. It can be something big or small, something an experienced colleague shows me or sometimes I discover it myself.  

What has been your highlight so far while working at Umicore?

As this is my second summer at Umicore, I get more responsibilities than before. This has been a real highlight for me. I get to work independently and that makes me thrive. 

Your advice to newcomers?

Be social and proactive right from the start. Dare to ask for help, there are a lot of experienced people that will gladly guide you when you need it.