Before International Women’s Day, we interviewed Tina Jin, packaging engineer from Boxon China. She shared her experience and ideas about work and life with us.
Q: What made you decide to become a packaging engineer?
Tina: It was a very natural thing for me. I majored in packaging engineering (logistics related) from University and took an internship in a packaging testing company during school. Above that I have always been interested in packaging and as the saying goes “interest is the best teacher”.
Q：What do you think of the challenges and advantages for female packaging engineers compared with males?
Tina：The job requires energy both mentally and physically. Packaging engineers need not only make packaging drawings but also test packaging on site, figure out packaging problems, and go on business trips. As a result, some enterprises prefer males when recruiting packaging engineers because they consider that males are more qualified physically.
However, women are good at communication and are inclusive in general, which are the advantages for teamwork and communicating with clients.
Q：Could you please share with us one thing that was impressive and unforgettable at work?
Tina：I had a 6-month long employee training at my first job after graduation. I was assigned a packaging design task for a small client. It consists of 20 components and no data model was provided. I spent two months in measurement and designing and the packaging was completed at last.
It was the first time for me to see that my design became a real work, which was very impressive to me. In addition, my ability to develop packaging for multi-components was improved a lot. And I was also very grateful to the co-workers who helped and supported me.
Q：What are your thoughts about the trip to Europe last year?
Tina：We had a one-week session internally with colleagues from various countries to share our knowledge and experience and to discuss problems. We learnt the markets and projects in different countries and got to know each other better. This will absolutely benefit the team work especially for mega-projects and work efficiency.
Besides, we also visited the clients. This could make us learn their real needs and offer them just right packaging solutions. It also made me understand my work focus and direction better.
I met some quite outstanding colleagues as well, who inspired me to work harder.
Q：How do you balance your work and family?
Tina：Do right things; be concentrated while working; work smart; don’t take work pressure home.
Q：Do you have any suggestions for women who are or would like to work as packaging engineer?
Tina：First, you should think deeply before choosing this job. Packaging industry isn’t fancy and requires patience and perseverance. If you are not interested in packaging, you are more likely to change jobs.
Secondly, a strong packaging company is important to the freshmen as it would have a big influence on your career. The pay should not be the first consideration.
Q：How will you spend international women’s day? Any greetings to women?
Tina：International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. However, in view of the special period of COVID-19 control, I will stay at home rather than celebrate it outside. I cannot wait to go back to work next Monday after the isolation.
I wish all women a happy festival and all the best!
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