TANDEMdok Alumnae Kathrin Grätz, Josiane Frauenkron Machedjou, Lisanne Kaminski and Franka Schröder:
Franka had explained to us in a TANDEM workshop about 10 years ago how a success team works - we then simply founded one together with her. And it still works excellently today:
4 doctorates, several professional stays abroad, successful careers and starting a family later, we still meet regularly at least once a year and keep in close contact with each other in other ways as well. This support and friendship means a lot to all of us!
Jennifer Klütsch, TANDEMdok Alumna:
During my time at TANDEMdok, I was able to form new networks, get to know myself better, and clarify important career issues. I was able to further expand my network in human-computer research and learn about interesting research. I was also able to meet great women PhD candidates and alternative career paths that inspired me. In particular, the "Self-Presentation" workshop helped me to get to know my strengths and weaknesses better and provided me with personal action steps to improve my leadership skills and external image.
Dr. Seran Uysal, TANDEMplus Alumna:
It’s been a spectacular, inspiring year with numerous workshops, individual mentoring, and a very engaged group of female postdocs, which overall gave me the opportunity to look at my career and personal life from another point of view. The lively, regular meetings with my mentor throughout the whole year have contributed to my personal and professional development considerably. I would like to thank the whole IGaD team of RWTH Aachen University for initiating this well-planned, thoughtful mentoring program!
Dr. Franka Schröder, TANDEMdok alumna, now a business coach, found her TANDEM year very instructive:
During my year, I witnessed for the first time that other women PhD students also have a dysfunctional relationship with their PhD supervisor. In Gitta Doebert I have found a program coordinator who cares for the participants in a loving and very appreciative way and holds out her hand to them if they ever stumble. The topics of the workshops show her keen sense for the issues that concern women doctoral students. With a lot of dedication, she tries to pull the stars from the sky for the participants and to contact mentors who seem unreachable.
Over the past two days, I had the great opportunity to shadow my mentor, Dr. Isabell Franck, as she went about her day-to-day work at Schweizerische Post. Isabell has been my mentor as part of the TANDEMdok Mentoring program at RWTH Aachen, and the entire mentoring year has been a truly enriching experience that deserves its own post here on LinkedIn.
The job shadowing experience provided an excellent conclusion to this year-long program. I gained valuable insights into the daily routines of a leadership role and had the chance to meet many other professionals in the Data Science, AI, and IT fields at the Post.
I would like to express my gratitude to all those who made this possible, particularly Isabell, for her openness in showing me around her work life. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.
Prof. Dr. Corinna Kaulen (TANDEMplus alumna), now Professor of Semiconductor Chemistry at OTH Regensburg, found her TANDEM year very exhausting and interspersed with many ups and downs.
During my TANDEM year I realized that I am on the right track and that my skills fit exactly to reach my goal - my dream job as a professor. Through TANDEM, I achieved a softer view of myself and realized that I already have a lot of the skills I need to achieve my goal. I still have sporadic contact with some of my fellow mentees and very good contact with my mentor.
TANDEMdok alumna Michaela Hiller on her TANDEM year:
My time at TANDEM was very enriching for my further career path. I was able to develop myself on different levels through the valuable trainings, seminar and workshops, but also through my mentor and the exchange with the other mentees. Thanks to the mentoring program, I not only got to know my mentor, but also the many inspiring women in my TANDEMdok group. Through regular meetings, we have managed to continue to stay in touch.
TANDEMplus Alumna Dr. Thaysa Tagliaferri erinnert sich:
Astonishing! We were a great group (thanks Kati) and we created a very caring, safe and supportive environment for sharing experiences and growing as independent professionals. I acquire so much knowledge and structure to dealt with challenging situations from the workshops but also from the other mentees. I grew as professional and person! I reflected about my career, my role as a leader, and even contributed in a personal level. I developed communication and management skills. Also TANDEM helped me to navigate into my professional needs and made them clear to me, which will be relevant for the next steps. I enjoyed the networking with mentors and colleagues and I became more organized at short and long term. I became aware of structures and tools which will contribute to improve my leadership skills.
Katharina Müller, a former TANDEMdok participant who now works in industry, believes that her participation in the program was both professionally and personally enriching. Some mentees in her group have started their own women's network.
I met a lot of great women and developed myself through the workshops. It allowed me to leave the social bubble of my institute and meet women from other departments. Our group still meets once in a while digitally or in person, even if not all of them are in Aachen anymore.
TANDEMplus participant Dr. Vivien Grau feels inspired and encouraged:
I got to know a group of great people, learned a lot and finally took some time to reflect on my career. During my TANDEM year, I applied for a founding for a start-up. We also met with the TANDEM group in our free time and I am looking very forward to staying in contact after the program.
Julia Glehn, who now works as a team leader, would not want to miss her year at TANDEMstud:
Important, because with encouragement I made many far-reaching decisions that I am very happy about. In addition to my doctorate in medical technology, I also completed a master's degree in economics. After that, my path took me to the south, where I get to lead a team for product maintenance in life cycle engineering! In addition, I am now the proud mother of a wonderful son. I am still in contact with three fellow mentees, with whom I also go on hiking vacations from time to time.
Dr. Lisanne Kaminski, TANDEMdok Alumna found her time at TANDEM unforgettable and incredibly valuable:
My TANDEM year allowed me to take the time to define my goals and get the support to do so. The application I wrote during my time in the tandem program guided me to the job I still enjoy today. Among the mentees, some are still in contact. We not only built a great network but made real friendships. The success team in particular still exists and meets regularly. I am also still in contact with my mentor. Here, too, a friendship has developed.
TANDEMplus alumna Dr. Janina Nett considers her participation in the program very valuable:
I met many great women and saw that I am not alone in science . I learned to plan my career and have more confidence in myself and my abilities. Currently, I am on parental leave and preparing a project proposal for my own junior research group leader position. I hope that this will allow me to realize my dream of a career in science. I visited my mentor last year to talk about my research proposal and have a colloqium. I think we will continue to keep in touch, although not very often. There is also still sporadic contact with the group and I hope we will all continue to exchange ideas. The networking in the group was really the highlight of the Tandem program.
TANDEMdok participant K. Ehmann finds:
The TANDEMdok year was varied, enriching, entertaining, communicative, educational, challenging, and so much more! I have developed personally through the workshops, the exchange with the other mentees and the intensive discussions with my mentor. TANDEM mentoring has led me into the final year of my PhD and into another mentoring program. I met with my mentor again even after the official end and we will continue to exchange ideas, albeit on a more irregular and larger scale.
TANDEMdok participant Rebecca Kunde now works in Copenhagen for a global market leader in offshore wind energy in the field of data analysis and software development and still mostly meets online with her mentor. She reports:
Since I was part of the TANDEM program, a lot has happened for me, I don't even know where to start! I have received so much support from my mentor and through the program, I am very grateful for that. It gave me the courage to take more complicated subjects, to apply to an institute outside my field, and to write my master's thesis there as well. Without the support, I probably would never have dared to apply for my first job abroad, although I had been dreaming of emigrating for years.
Maria, a TANDEMstud alumna, found her TANDEM year very insightful and a nice break from lockdown.
I met a lot of great women and benefited a lot from the exchange. By participating, I was able to get a better idea of future career fields. In addition, I now have more self-confidence and composure for the future.
Dr. Meria Ronge:
I am one of the alumnae who started in the TANDEMdok program in 2017. Today, I work in Münster in a leading role as an in-house consultant and head of a strategy team in an IT company. I have very fond memories of the workshops from the program and am still friends with two of the women I met there. In addition, my mentor from Bayer Inhouse Consulting influenced me significantly in my choice of career direction and without him I might not be as happy where I am now. That's what I wanted to give back to you first as a lasting message of success.