Aspiring Garment Engineer to Sustainable Textile School !

Tiffany Wong Start Date: Jun 9, 2017 - End Date: Oct 8, 2017
  • Chemnitz, Germany

My Travel Story

by: Tiffany Wong Start Date: Jun 9, 2017 - End Date: Oct 8, 2017
Ever since I attended a conference in Vancouver I’ve been inspired to pursue an unconventional engineering career - for now, I am thinking along the lines of Garment / Materials Engineering in the Sporting Goods or Apparel industry.

Since then, I’ve reached out to mentors in the garment/textiles industry on LinkedIn, I’ve interned at a local furniture and home décor store to get some experience with different materials, and I’ve done a research placement at the Institute of Biotechnology in Berlin to get some exposure into bioengineering. But growing up in Calgary, Canada, there aren’t very many opportunities to break into a technical field that’s also creative.

For now – I am a chemical engineering graduate, a Fashion Coordinator with PARK, and I currently work at a sustainability consultancy. But, these are all just bits and pieces of where I want to be in 5 years. The Sustainable Textile School is an amazing opportunity that can weave it all together – engineering, fashion, and sustainability. The 3 day conference is a place to foster conversations around innovation in textiles. With the high cost of international flights (amongst many other costs), any contribution would definitely help finance this trip.

If you ask my boss to describe me in 3 words, he would probably say I’m reliable, creative, and a fast learner. Within one month of my current job, he trusted me to lead my own client meetings and I’ve been able to suggest solutions that have sped up project timelines. It’s also no doubt I’m a fast learner since I can speak in conversational German using past, present, and future tense after only learning for 4 months.    

I would love to meet a community that is not afraid to try new things, encourages the mindset of new ideas, and really live by the philosophy of innovative and sustainable collaborations. If 2017 is the year we focus on fibers, I can’t wait to see where our creativity in sustainable engineering can take us in the future. Thank you.  

Warm Regards,
Tiffany Wong

  • Chemnitz, Germany