BKMC Hosts Final Mentoring Workshop with Mentees for 2020 on the Importance of Network Building for Young Women

Last week, the BKMC, in cooperation with the Muslim Youth of Austria (MJÖ), hosted its third and final mentee workshop for the mentoring project 2020 – Global Citizens at Work.

The workshop featured Mag.iur Anna Steiger, Vice Rector Human Resources and Gender at the Technical University in Vienna and focused on the importance of network building for young women.

Ms. Steiger shared a bit about her own background in law and how she was able to advance her career through a variety of networks, both formal and informal.


She emphasized the importance of joining networks that you feel comfortable with and that networking is not a “one-way street. It has to go both ways and you have to be ready to invest in it.”

While networks can open doors for jobs, she also underlined that one can also get jobs without the help of networks.

Ms. Steiger discussed two types of networks: formal and informal and how both can be important for women. For example, she founded her own formal network “Salon Real” which is a network for women in the property branch. In comparison, an informal network may result from meeting other parents at your children’s kindergarten or be formed from colleagues at your university.

During the Q&A, the mentees had a chance to ask Ms. Steiger some of their more pressing questions. One of the mentees asked her to share her “tips for success” as a woman building a career. She recommended the following:

  • If you don’t get the job, be happy! You probably weren’t the right person for the job. 99% of the time this is true.
  • Timing is important. You need to know it and use it.
  • Your friends and family are important! Don’t forget them.
  • Be able to turn off.

The mentoring program for 2020 will end in November this year. During the final weeks, mentoring pairs will submit their SDG Micro-Project reports and attend a final closing event on November 17th. Stay tuned for updates!

 

 

 

“You cannot be what you cannot see,” says BKMC CEO Monika Froehler at her mentoring session for Muslim youth

“You cannot be what you cannot see!”
said CEO Monika Froehler of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens at the mentoring session taken place at the Centre on May 8th, 2019. As part of the Centre’s project  “Mentoring for Austrian Muslim Women – Global Citizens at Work,” Froehler met with her mentee from the Muslim Youth Austria (Muslimische Jugend Österreich) and discussed about the importance of having inspirations around for one to be empowered.  As girls often do not see enough women leaders around them to have them as their role models, Froehler said that it is challenging for them to take further steps to reach their goals. Aspiring leaders need leaders that reflect themselves and that they can look up to.The two also talked about the crucial role of social entrepreneurship in advancing the SDGs.

Launch Event – Mentoring Project for Young Austrian Muslim Women

This week, the Ban Ki-moon Centre launched its project in partnership with Musllim Youth Austria (MJÖ), “Mentoring for Young Austrian Muslim Women – Global Citizens at work.” At the launch, mentees and mentors were gathered for the first time in one place. To open the event, Ban Ki-moon Centre Co-chair Heinz Fischer delivered a welcome address emphasizing the need to empower women and to reduce inequalities, both between men and women and between different religions. After the welcome, coach and speaker Daniela Reiter guided the mentors and mentees through ice-breaker activities and offered an overview of mentoring and the months ahead. As a way of “formalizing” the partnership, mentees and mentors signed a contract and set goals for their time together. The mentoring period will go from April – September and the pairs are recommended to meet at least once per week. In October, there will be a closing event held at the House of Industry in Vienna where mentees will receive a certificate of completion. The launch event closed with networking, allowing the mentees and mentors to mingle and to get to know one another. In the months to come, the Ban Ki-moon Centre will host three skill-building workshops for the mentees on different subjects. One of the workshops will be on “Global Citizenship” and will be led by the Centre’s CEO, Monika Froehler. As a part of the project, the mentoring pairs will also be asked to complete a small “Global Citizen Project” together. This project will encourage the pairs to take action together to give back to their community. The Ban Ki-moon Centre is proud to partner with MJÖ on this project and looks forward to seeing the mentoring pairs grow and thrive!         Photos: Rached Bouguerra