Careers

Shaofang Yu - from business to research

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Follow your heart, set your mind and prepare yourself for opportunities – then you will be successful on your path.

Shaofang Yu

Senior Scientist

Shaofang spent many years in various positions at a BASF operating division before switching to Analytical and Material Science in Research in 2022. Here, she works together with various operating divisions, analyzing an enormous range of samples from very varied business fields. 

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My professional career path has been a learning and growing process full of changes, physically moving from one place to another, with a couple of promotions and reorganizations along the way. Most of the time it was me changing with the company except the last change which happened in 2022, when I transferred from the Dispersions and Resins operating division to Analytical and Material Science in Research. It was different. We work with different businesses, there are more sample types, and you also meet people from different fields. The world is bigger, I would say. Being here means working with people with a similar mindset, and you can learn a lot. Analytical and Material Science also has more high-end instruments, more opportunities to explore and learn, more collaborations, and also more challenging problems. Being in Research means that you need to be really good at what you are doing and are accountable. 

I am sharing my career path, but I don’t consider my path to be a more successful one. I do my work well, one project at a time, step by step, to gather experience. As for me, there is not a lot of planning; instead I go along with the current. 

There’s no doubt that everyone has their own career path. BASF is so big and there are so many different fields and opportunities. The company supports employees in exploring different positions, different roles, or also advancing your education. The main point is: What do you want to do? What is your plan for your career? For me, I would say follow your heart, set your mind and prepare yourself for opportunities – then you will be successful on your path.