50 young women from agricultural and technical courses of study flock to the Fendt Forum in Marktoberdorf on June 02nd. Their destination: the 3rd Female Career Day for STEM students at Fendt with a colorful program of interactive company insights, workshops and networking.
"The agricultural industry is changing. That makes the work very exciting. Producing food sustainably and innovatively for a growing world population presents us as agricultural machinery manufacturers with new challenges that we can only master together. I am delighted that so many young women are taking part in our Fendt Female Career Day today for the third time and are interested in a career in agricultural technology," says Ingrid Bußjäger-Martin, Managing Director for Finance and IT Fendt.
Fendt knowledge in the morning
A speed dating session to get to know each other was followed by a quiz with Ingrid Bußjäger-Martin, in which the female students were able to demonstrate their knowledge of Fendt's history, current products and future visions of Fendt. The video live circuits to the five German Fendt locations and a tour of the Fendt Forum offered insights into the Fendt company.
"Looking behind the scenes of a globally active company like Fendt and then sitting on the giant Fendt 1050 Vario tractor was totally impressive," reports Sophia Michl, bachelor student of agriculture.
A joint lunch at the Fendt Dieselross restaurant, which was also attended by the management, rounded off the morning.
Career Speed Dating
Creative afternoon with networking
The second half of the Fendt Female Career Day started after the lunch break with a keynote speech by Ivory Harris, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer AGCO Corporation, on the topic of Imposter Syndrome. "Unfortunately, women are particularly likely to experience feelings of not deserving their success. Self-doubt makes it difficult to recognize and appreciate their own accomplishments," tells Ivory Harris. "The phenomenon of women feeling Imposter Syndrome more often than men can be exacerbated by women in "first-time" roles held by women, in what has been a traditionally male-dominated work environment, such as the STEM field. I'm passionate about empowering women at AGCO and encouraging talented female students, especially from the fields of math, computer science, science and technology," said Ivory Harris.
In the workshops that followed, the female students addressed real issues from Fendt practice. Using the design thinking method, they came up with creative solutions ranging from development to marketing to One Digital and presented their findings.
Workshops on real-life case studies from Fendt's day-to-day operations
In the concluding networking round, the female students had the opportunity to learn more about career entry opportunities at Fendt and to exchange ideas.
"I signed up for the Fendt Female Career Day to find out if agricultural machinery technology is something for me. The day was very exciting. Especially the continuous exchange was totally interesting. I had a lot of fun getting to know so many impressive women," reports Minke Mosler, a master's student in agricultural management.