Julia shares her experience as an procurement engineer
Meet Julia, one of our procurement engineers. She took over our Instagram account @lifeatphilips, to share everything related to her role and how it has changed her life.
Hi everyone, my name is Julia! I’m a procurement engineering co-op based in Gainesville, Florida. I've been working in diagnostic imaging for a year while studying at the University of Florida. Specifically, the work I do is related to MRI machine design improvements. Here's a sneak peek at a Philips' MRI machine featuring ambient lighting and video projection capabilities. Patients can select which video they'd like to watch while undergoing the scan.
Philips' mission is to improve the lives of 3 billion people a year by 2030. A statement that puts on a big responsibility to the team because of the lifesaving imaging technologies we create. That direct impact on the healthcare system is one of my main motivators to keep me moving forward. Over the summer, my work became incredibly personal as my brother was in a car crash. While in hospital, he underwent an MRI in a Philips' machine. It was very touching for me to know that a product my colleagues and I directly work with was able to help treat him.
The 40-hour workweek is very different from my schedule as a student, so settling into a new routine has been useful in order to maintain a healthy work-life balance. It's been important to have a support system in my colleagues, especially when I have a question or need help with a project. In addition, Philips global access connects you to others around the world. Being able to work with people from different backgrounds exposes you to new ways of thinking and problem solving, which translates directly to improved ways of working.
Being an employee and a student has been challenging but rewarding and it has not stopped me from spending time with my friends and exploring new places in Gainesville. I love attending UF football games on the weekends or visiting the many springs around the area.