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5 Questions to Ulrike Wahl

Ulrike Wahl studied computer science at the TU Berlin and worked for many years as an executive in the IT industry.

She is a member of the support association of EAF Berlin (European Academy for Women in Politics and Business) and the European Women's Management Development International Network.

Ms Wahl has been involved in the alumni mentoring programme since year 3 and has mentored a total of 5 students so far.

Q: What made you decide to become a mentor?
A: For me, it was always natural to see myself as responsible for the development of my employees as a coach. The experiences with young graduates and older newcomers in an IT company were varied and stimulating. After my own career, I like to take the opportunity to support TU Berlin students in planning their career entry. This continues to connect me with my university...

Q: What topics did you talk about most often?
A: With the Master's students, the main topics were questions about starting a career, the industry, the right type of company, the entry role, the development and earning opportunities. In addition, potential areas of conflict were also discussed, such as regional or global relocation, having a long-distance relationship, deciding for or against a doctorate, jobs with constant travel and loss of social contacts.
The Bachelor's students were mostly faced with the decision "Master's yes / no" and were uncertain about the companies' expectations of a Bachelor's degree compared to a Master's degree.

Q: What did you perhaps also learn from your mentees?
A: My mentees have given me an understanding of today's studies in terms of content, organisation and working methods. I learned how young people deal with today's demands, what motivates them and how they imagine or wish for the future.

Q: What was the most valuable experience for you during the mentoring tandems?
A: I was fascinated in each run by how quickly the young people changed after just a few meetings and suddenly saw possible solutions instead of problems. My hints, concrete tasks and joint analyses bore fruit. That showed me it was worth it.
After deciding to continue on to the Master's programme, the Bachelor's students found jobs as student assistants and were thus able to secure financing for the remaining semesters.

Q: What advice would you give to new mentors?
A: Approach the task with interest. Enjoy the exchange with the person assigned to you. Openness, trust and commitment are the most important prerequisites for successful cooperation.