You, as educators, prepare your students with knowledge, insights and skills for the research market, governmental market, commercial, labour market and so on. Two main didactic questions occur:
How do you, as a teacher, lecturer or career counsellor, facilitate your students to incorporate the 21st century skills of flexibility, responsibility, pro-activity, creativity, sense making, social intelligence, cross cultural competences and entrepreneurial competences? Do you have enough means to emphasis and develop these more or less soft skills?
And especially do you have enough materials to emphasis your female students? Means where the (young) women could identify themselves with?
So you are looking for studies, cases, assignments, tools and identification means, to use in your lectures, activities and (e-learning) projects. You probably will find cases in newspapers, magazines or internet. But let’s be honest: most of these cases of successful people, where students could identify themselves with, are of (white) male.
In the project “100Mirrors Extended” we collected the biggest range to find on the internet of 200 cases of successful women in 10 European countries. We used the modern means of videos to let women tell their success stories (all subtitled in English) of where their initiatives and entrepreneurial attitudes brought them, their learning topics and tips to young women. And we added text portraits (translated in 8 languages). So you can find appropriate cases out of 200 small documentaries. But above all: let your students study them.
We asked a wide variety of women to share their experiences. Super top women in high above functions in hierarchy, entrepreneurs with a long history, where students can look up to. But also proactive women employed or self-employed with stories where students can relate to and recognise themselves in to the choices they are up to. All role-models like to inspire and motivate the new generation to “Taking your own steps by learning: it is possible!”
Aim: The collection contributes to your needs to add practical cases to the topics you want (or have) to teach about, when emphasis on and developing future skills. Studying practical cases leads to a more vivid learning environment, where students adapt giving knowledge, remember better because they are proactive and be able to use their empathy and put learning into practice. Female examples and cases could enrich your lessons and activities. Female students can identify themselves and it helps students setting their own (first) steps in the labour market and entrepreneurial world. Break the glass ceiling, jump off the sticky floor. Final conclusion: Today’s society needs female leaders.
You can download this PDF to your own computer, print or copy pages. You can follow the links at each case we present you with the discussion items on the specific learning topics and give you more didactic tips and references, concerning the topics.
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Find women portraits by teaching topic:
|Your own Business||Women in men’s world|
|Career development||Work and Life Balance|
|Career Strategies||How mentoring helps|
|Lead as a woman||The power of networking|
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100mirrors show many women who are talking about the importance of networking. But what does networking mean? In general it means benefitting from each other. Both the private and the professional networking can make things much easier and contact on different levels can have positive effects on the own career planning and construction. Networking within daily contacts (like neighbors, colleagues and the own family) is as much important as networking with “special” contacts to persons having the same interests or working in the same field.
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For women, the mentoring is very helpful and is easy for them to learn from the good example of the women-mentor. Whenever you decide to be a gardener or the managing director, at every time, at every stage of your career, you may find the support from the mentor as the main support on your path. Why? Because mentor is experienced in your field and she (or he) isn’t only skilled and successful, but usually has failed many times. Through vivid examples brought by women-Mirrors, who participate in this project and share their ideas and experience, we are showing clearly the power of mentoring
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Whenever one studies women´s work or professional career a constant that appears regularly is the weight it has, for their environment and for themselves, the traditional female role in the distribution of household tasks and care duties. It is often the reason that before emerges as a difficulty to overcome in order to achieve or maintain "professional success" or "break the glass ceiling". Of course, research on gender gap in use of time shows clearly how women, in fact, are much more busy and involved in her traditional tasks than men. This tension between productive / reproductive work is often also expressed by women as a source of anxiety meanwhile few men report that feeling.
We are interested in this heading to know how our mirrors have managed this balance, how they refer to it and, from this point of view, in what kind of environment have they developed their career.
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In this section, we showcase examples of women who stand out because they have developed themselves professionally or they have created a business in sectors mainly controlled by men. They are “mirrors” of female politicians, farmers, engineers, etc… Reading these stories, we can find women who went against the norm and stood out because of their knowledge and skills, achieving great changes until they reached higher positions, traditionally reserved for men. These women tell us about how they had to make a bigger effort than other coworkers just because of their gender or how their professional merits weren’t always acknowledged. These stories aim to transmit the idea of the fact that if other women could, we can as well. We need to be able to bury stereotypes and offer a different perspective on specific professions or economic sectors.
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Women have to stay visible as leaders, but also remain women. This means that women should understand that they don’t need to adopt male traits or manners in order to achieve their goals. Women’s special characteristics are part of their identity and that’s why they are part of their strength. In the following videos, our mirrors describe how they manage to keep their femininity while they are in charge of their carrier.
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In our interviews, we have discovered two main career strategies. First one was very goal oriented – with clear short- and long term planning. Patience and perseverance were emphasised and making compromises and sacrifices. Second career path was less strategic and more spontaneous, linked more to opportunities that came along, the love and passion for the work they do and hard working. Women didn't plan their career per se, they only responded to given opportunities and chances. They were focused on hard work not on achieving specific goals. Career promotion came as a result of a hard work and was not carefully planned. Some of our interviewees mentioned a combination of both strategies: goal orientation and openness to spontaneous opportunities, luck, other people’s influence and encouragement.
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Having a career is not just about deciding how you are going to make ends meet. Choosing a job has to do with one’s own interests, values, personality traits, aptitudes, developmental needs, expectations and preferred environments. Moreover, a work career is developed throughout one’s life. Career development is therefore an ongoing process, involving the constant development of skills and knowledge. Career development means therefore planning one’s own education and training experiences, as well as making informed choices about one’s professional future. Some people develop their career along a very coherent path, others start a new career to follow their attitudes and aspirations, or because they are forced to change. Our videos show that there are many possible avenues towards a successful career.
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