Futures Day for Women Students and Doctoral Candidates

  Women talking Copyright: Heike Lachmann



The Future World of Work – Opportunities for Women?

How do I get off on the right foot when starting my career? Will the future job market offer me new opportunities? How do I want to work later on and what companies reflect my interests? Am I better suited to a career in industry or in science? These are all difficult questions to answer, as there are so many different possibilities. Start a family or focus on your career? Get off to a flying start or find a job with set working hours? And what to do when?

At Futures Day on December 12, 2019, women students and doctoral candidates had the opportunity to intensely reflect on these questions and to discuss them with HR representatives and recruiters from industry and science in person. It was the fourth Futures Day organized and hosted by RWTH. The regular event aims to give women an opportunity to already zero in on their own personal ideas and plans for their future professional lives while they are still at university studying or completing a doctorate.

The 2019 Futures Day also presented support and continuing education opportunities at RWTH, including the Tandem Mentoring Programs, the offerings of the Center for Doctoral Studies, and the Femtec careerbuilding program. A moderated talk with representatives from industry and science rounded out the day.

The next Futures Day for female students and doctoral candidates is scheduled to take place on December 10, 2020.

Target Group

This event is geared towards women students in all Bachelor and Master courses of study as well as for women doctoral candidates in all fields of study.

Participating Companies

At our 2019 Futures Day the following companies took the opportunity to meet our female students and doctoral candidates and highlight particular career prospects: Air Liquide, Aixtron, Amazon, Bosch, Cognex, Emerson, Hilti, Inform, McKinsey&Company, Porsche, PwC, Saint Gobain, Schneider Electric, Viega.

Preparing for Futures Day

In order to help you prepare for Futures Day, the RWTH Career Center and the Equal Opportunities Office offer several events for women students and doctoral candidates, among others on the topcis of repartee (de), salary negotiations training (de), or social media (de), and a workshop on presenting yourself well at virtual fairs.

The new program of seminars and workshops on career development is published in the events overview of the Career Center. To assist you in preparing for the Futures Day, we have compiled a brainstorming checklist for you.

Futures Day 2020


Zoom conference


free for participants, companies pay a fee


Yes, register online here

Further Information

The Futures Day for Women, an event for women students and doctoral candidates, is a collaboration between the Equal Opportunities Office, the RWTH Career Center, and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering's Gender Working Group.

Futures Day for Women Students and doctoral candidates