How does Volkswagen exploit the potential of female employees?
In the same way as with male employees. It is important for every person to find a job that matches his or her abilities and possibilities. Here, too, we take a close look. Because women tend to communicate their abilities less vocally.
What does the Group offer for university graduates especially?
We don’t have anything gender-specific, but of course various entry programs offer women in particular a good start into the world of Volkswagen. They range from various trainee programs and the doctoral program to direct entry as an expert.
Is there a quota of vacant positions in the group?
No, not yet. But we have a great interest in attracting many more great female talents. This is why we will focus our activities even more clearly on this goal in the future.
What advice do you give young female entrants?
Have courage, self-confidence and bring in your feminine qualities. Don’t let yourself be deterred, take advantage of opportunities. Believe in yourself. There is nothing you cannot do if you set yourself a goal, stick to it and don’t let anything discourage you. Try out new things, stay flexible and remain open for new opportunities. Expand your network. In this way you can learn and gain new perspectives on things. See your career from a sporty perspective.
Is it even helpful to speak of typically female qualities?
No, it’s not. Men and women are different. Different worlds of experience lead to different preferences. In the end, however, it always depends on the person and the competences available to him or her. The latter can be trained.
Should all employees be treated equally in mixed teams?
With equal opportunities, but not equal, people are different.
There are very few women coaches in men’s football. From your point of view a mistake?
Probably. I think they overlook some of their talents.
The German Football Association (DFB) is looking for a new president. Can you imagine a woman in this position?
Without a doubt.