Ramona Seifermann, JA Alumna & Mentor
My first interaction with JUNIOR (JA Germany) was in the 12th grade when I participated in the Company Programme while I was attending the Richard-Wagner-Gymnasium in Baden-Baden. I heard about the programme from my friends and I was very interested in testing the many economic theories in practice and applying them to my own business.
My participation in the Company Programme helped me understand the daily challenges of running a businesses and the tasks I would be confronted with in my future working life. Currently, I am studying International Business at the DHBW in Stuttgart in cooperation with Siemens AG and I get to practice a lot of the things I learned from my time in the Company Programme.
The Global Enterprise Project caught my attention during my integrated degree program. Siemens (Stuttgart) was looking for volunteers to present the Global Enterprise Project to various schools and spend a day with students diving into the world of global business challenges. When I heard the program was organized by JUNIOR, I was very interested to get involved and share with the students my knowledge about globalisation, business and working inside a global company such as Siemens.
As a volunteer of the Global Enterprise Project I hope to raise the students’ awareness on the global challenges businesses are facing in today’s global markets. My hope is that they find the experience interesting and they will be motivated to continue participating in these types of programmes that will help them be better prepared for the world of work.
To all the students in the programme I would give the same advice I would give myself at that age:
“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” (Steve Jobs)