Is CA a good career for girls

Welding, programming, assembly - great jobs for girls!

When the sparks fly on the belt sander, Sophie Kink is in her element. The 19-year-old works at Stadtwerke Rosenheim as a plant mechanic and talks about how she first had to learn to stand by her husband as a woman. “I started my apprenticeship when I was just 15 years old and it was hard to take the train to Munich every morning to get to the courses and not come home until the evening. I also had to adjust to the way I talked to my mostly male co-workers. My parents were a great support back then, ”she reports. "Now, one year after successfully passing the final exam, I can say that I have emerged stronger from the situation and enjoy being with my team leader and five colleagues on the construction site." Your team leader is 24-year-old Barbara Loferer, Industrial foreman, metal, who is responsible for ensuring that everything runs smoothly on the construction sites in Rosenheim. "The cooperation with colleagues works well, even if I have to prove myself again and again," she says and praises her employees: "If there is something heavy to lift, the men help immediately."

Michael Vontra, the acting head of the Rosenheim Employment Agency, congratulates the two young women on their choice of profession and emphasizes how important and future-shaping the traditionally male-dominated technical professions are.

Another woman in a “male domain” at Stadtwerke is Alexandra Gricks. She works as an IT specialist for application development and answers the question whether this is a challenge for her and why she - anyway - learned the profession, with a shrug: "I was already programming websites when I was nine and already noticed in real and Fachoberschule my better logical understanding of, for example, Excel compared to everyone else. So it makes sense to do something with IT. I didn't even think about that that might be atypical for a girl. And the job is really great, it has a promising future and is becoming more and more complex. "

Training manager Ines Köppl knows the coexistence of male and female apprentices and colleagues - with all its challenges and enrichments - well: “At Stadtwerke Rosenheim we have 14 apprenticeship professions, all of which except the profession of“ office management clerk ” the MINT area and therefore tend to be male-dominated, ”she says. “But even in these professions - MINT stands for mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology - there are more and more female trainees. That is good for the group dynamics. Although I have to say that it doesn't matter whether a boy or a girl learns a trade. The main thing is that it suits her or him. "

Ines Köppl continues: “We have been training“ technical system planners ”in our company since September 2019 and the first trainee is female. Christina Drexler is the trainee and she says: “I've always been interested in technology and at the girls' secondary school I had a branch with math, physics and computer science. And the teachers have always encouraged us to just do the job that suits us best. An apprenticeship in the public service appealed to me and the job of technical system planner, for which I now deal with the complex pipe system in the power plant on a daily basis, appealed to me the most. By the way, there are roughly the same number of girls and boys in the vocational school class. ”Her trainer Ernesto Bayer is looking forward to training a girl for the first time and says:“ Of all the applicants, Christina was simply the best. ”

What the four young women have in common is that they appreciate the support and the very good working conditions at the municipal utilities and are often grateful for working with so many men: "There is no cat war and everything is not so cerebral!"

From October 14th to 20th The Bavaria-wide MINT week takes place, which is organized by the Alliance for Strong Vocational Training in Bavaria, which also includes the Bavarian Regional Directorate of the Federal Employment Agency. As part of this, young people should get a taste of the MINT industries, try out professions and establish contacts with companies. After the visit to the public utility company, during which it became clear in all the discussions that these professions are just as interesting for girls as they are for boys, Michael Vontra says: “I would like to invite all young people to use this week or a later time to do different things To try out professional fields. Computer scientists, plant mechanics, gas and water plumbers and and and ... The range is huge and an internship is often the door opener for the later apprenticeship position. I would like to invite young people who do not yet know in which direction they should go professionally or who are looking for an apprenticeship position to make an appointment with the career counseling service by emailing [email protected] The colleagues are happy to help you find the right job and the perfect apprenticeship position and provide tips on application documents. "