Even today they still exist - the typical female and male professions. While women make up the overwhelming majority of employees in the social and retail sectors, the construction and transport industries are typical male domains. In industry too, the proportion of women learning a technical occupation remains very low.
For example, the proportion of women who successfully complete their training as an electronics technician for industrial engineering amounts to just four percent. Whether there are reasonable reasons why technical professions are rarely learned by women, we asked Jamie Gröbl in an interview. The 20-year-old has recently completed her training as an electronics technician for Leesys - Leipzig Electronic Systems in Leipzig and tells us about her experiences as a woman in a traditionally typical male occupation.
Hello Jamie, how did it happen that you decided to train as an electronics technician?
During my school years I got insights into different jobs due to different internships. I did my first internship in the food industry. Initially, I could imagine making my love of chemistry a career. During the internship I quickly realized that this work would not be fun in the long term. That's why I completed another internship in a completely different business and looked around in electrical engineering. I liked that much better!
And this business you liked so much that you then applied directly for a training position?
Yes, together with my career adviser, I looked around, which company offers apprenticeships in the field of electrical engineering. He suggested me an apprenticeship as an electronic technician for industrial engineering and got me to the Siemens Professional Education (SPE). Leesys is training this profession together with Siemens Professional Education.
So, do you think that many more girls would consider technical apprenticeships if they were to deal more intensively with these specific job profiles in advance?
This could really be the fact. Many girls may have a false or even no idea of professions such as toolmakers, mechatronics or cutting mechanics and therefore exclude them categorically when choosing a career.
But there is also the time of internships during school time and I can only recommend every girl to get a taste of technical professions. Technology means future!
From your point of view, are there any reasons why girls could benefit your boyhood career?
In my tasks, it often comes to a thousandth of a millimeter and a quiet touch. Accordingly, one must work precisely and concentrated in the profession. I think that some girls are more patient with delicate tasks than boys and can work more precisely. But basically I do not want to generalize that either.
What about the structure of the training and were the final exams a problem for you?
The training usually lasts 3 ½ years. The theoretical instruction takes place in the professional school of Siemens Professional Education (SPE) in Leipzig. If you stay on the ball during school hours and are interested in the technical background, the final exams are not a big problem. At Leesys, the practical part also prepares you very well for the exams.
You joined Leesys in January 2018 following your training. What are your plans for the future?
I feel very comfortable with Leesys, because I get along well with all colleagues and I would like to gain practical experience in the company. As a part-time job, I plan to study as a Bachelor of Engineering from autumn 2018 onwards. It's a big challenge, but I'm young and I want to do a lot more!
Thank you for the very interesting conversation. Is there anything else you want to transmit to our readers, specifically to the women?
As I said before, girls can be recommended to be more interested in technical occupations and to have the best hands-on experience. This is of course in the form of an internship or even during the "Girls Day". In any case, I am very happy with the path I have taken and would certainly be happy to have more female colleagues in my job.