Girls’ Day

Did You Know…

…that You Can Meet ZEISS at Girls’ Day?

24 April 2008 is Girls’ Day – a nationwide event in Germany during which girls from the 5th grade on can explore occupations rarely chosen by women up to now. Despite good grade school education, it is still true that disproportionately high numbers of young women choose occupations and courses of study that are “typically feminine.” As a result, they do not fully exploit their professional potential; however, companies are registering an increasing decline in the number of qualified employees – particularly in technical areas. This is why ZEISS is dedicated to the female employees of tomorrow and organizes interesting events for them. Touch, try out, and experiment – for girls only.

15 female students were invited to the Girls’ Day at the Schott-Zeiss Educational Center in Jena to look over the shoulders of female precision opticians, mechatronics engineers, and process mechanics. The plant in Oberkochen also invited approximately 50 girls in 7th grade or higher to spend a day at ZEISS. They accompanied employees to their workstations and had the opportunity to experience the different professions up close. The objective of Girls’ Day for ZEISS is to help young women get their foot in the door in jobs traditionally held by men. The goal is for female workers of tomorrow to discover the exciting and interesting careers offered by the world of technology. Currently, 185 young people are undergoing technical training at ZEISS. Of these, 22 percent are young women. But that is not enough for ZEISS: The company wants to increase the female contingent to one third by 2011/2012.

April 2008