Ladies First at Frankfurt School
Where and when do I want to work? How can I divide up my time most effectively? Which projects are most important to me? These are questions everybody asks themselves sooner or later – especially young women who want to reconcile successful careers with family life. This is why the Career Services and Alumni Management teams at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management decided to dedicate this year’s first Ladies First event to the topic of flexible working hours.
On April 21, Frankfurt School women students and alumnae came together to explore the whole issue of working hours and career planning as it affects women with children. Guest speakers at the event were Daniela Vetter, Senior Consultant and Project Manager at Subito AG, and Gloria Pfaue, Managing Director of Eurex Bonds and a member of the Board of Management of Bondcube. The speakers – both Frankfurt School graduates – talked about their own careers to date and were inundated with questions from the audience. Karin Reuschenbach-Coutinho, Head of Career Services, welcomed everybody present and expressed her pleasure at the return of two former students to the business school.
“The question you have to ask yourself is, ‘what’s right for me?’. Every one of us defines ‘career’ in a different way and ultimately, you have to decide for yourself how you prefer to work,” explained Gloria Pfaue, before going on to outline the milestones in her own career. Daniela Vetter is currently working part-time, albeit on an almost full-time basis! For her, “flexible working hours and coordinating my timetable with my husband are the keys to combining family and career.”
The guest speakers went on to discuss various issues with audience members, including the best time to discuss family planning with your boss, and how to re-engage with your job or the labour market after spending time out as a parent. During the increasingly lively debate, the women present shared their own experiences and exchanged helpful hints and tips.