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Making New Brunswick Home – Mint Kongtuk

Mint Kongtuk, a Chemical Engineering Ph.D. candidate at the University of New Brunswick, is making New Brunswick home as she pursues higher education. Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, she moved to Canada six years ago to explore the culture and continue her education. 

She has now finished up a work term at Irving Pulp & Paper as a chemical engineering student. We asked Mint a few questions about her experience and here is what she said:

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What have you enjoyed most about your work term at Irving Pulp & Paper? 

“The thing I enjoyed the most was working with a highly collaborative and energetic team. I was excited to go to work every day because the organization’s environment, culture, and core values always made me feel comfortable and supported. This allowed me to leave my mark on the company.” 


What skills have you learned that you apply throughout your education or career while at your co-op?

“The skills that I have developed during my co-op work term were communication, problem-solving, and especially leadership skills. Working in a team helped me improve many personal and transferable skills. On top of taking responsibility and ownership of different projects as a leader, I have learned more about how to understand and respect the perspectives of different people and incorporate them into how decisions are made.”


What would you tell your fellow students about the opportunities at Irving Pulp & Paper? 

“Don’t be afraid to apply for positions and to try something new. You will gain practical work experience in many areas that you are interested in based on your education and personal strengths. Overall, working with the Pulp & Paper division will benefit your future career as they will support your personal growth and development of professional and transferable skills.”


The Pulp & Paper Division is always looking for new talent to join our team. Check out our current job opportunities here