- Major: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
- Company: HSC Dow Corning/Exxon Mobil
- Graduation Year: 2018
- E-mail: email@example.com
From: Clarksville, TN
I did my co-op at ExxonMobil; specifically their chemical company. They make a variety of chemicals products, mostly commodities. I have had 4 terms with them; 2 in Pensacola FL in a manufacturing plant and 2 in Houston TX in headquarters. In Pensacola I was with the process engineering group and in Houston in was in Global Supply Chain.
I decided to co-op because I really wanted to get work experience, and I loved working; I had an internship before co-oping and I fell in love with the work, so I wanted to do even more of it and get more experience.
Time management and priorities are huge in industry; there will always be too many things to work on, so it is important that you know how to prioritize what needs to get done. It is also important to take a step back and really see if what you are doing will provide value to the company, which also helps with time management.
I would not have half of the skills I have today without having my co-op experience. I have gained so many different hard and soft skills from working as a co-op. Seeing real life applications of the things I study also helps me to understand and perform better in class as well.
The skills and experiences you gain during a co-op are priceless; it has been my favorite thing that I've done in college and the most beneficial by far. Coming into my senior year I am not worried at all about finding a job after graduation.
When I have time to do things aside from school, I love to hang out with friends, eat out at a good restaurant, and walk around at parks. I also love exploring new places and going to east TN for day hikes. I am also enjoying planning my upcoming wedding!