In order to make it easier for female students to start their career, Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences offers a mentoring program, together with the Center of Competence for Women & Professions of the Lower-Middle Rhine, which is based at the Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft (WFG) Kreis Viersen. Small and medium-sized companies from the region ideally support students.
The "Mentoring: Focus on New Professionals" programme is aimed at female MINT students: Mathematics, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Technology. Each student receives a mentor and are available for one year to their mentees. The time can be arranged individually by the individual mentoring groups. "The proportion of women in MINT occupations is still low. We have to bring female students into contact with the economy early on. We want them to be well-prepared for their career entry, including at the management level," says Dr. Sandra Laumen, Equal Opportunities Officer at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences.
kothes actively participates in this mentoring programme. Lars Kothes acts as a mentor for Julia Bründt, who now holds a Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering, after completing her Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
The first meeting took place within the framework of a workshop. The agenda included meeting and getting to know the mentoring groups with their wishes and expectations with respect to support. The mentors wish to pass on their knowledge and communicate the values that form a good company. They also want to learn from the mentees how the younger generation thinks. Above all, the mentees hope for knowledge transfer, but also support in making career decisions.
We're pleased to be able to support Julia in furthering her career.