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The year 2013 marks the beginning of a change of my scientific and professional career.
Why? That’s what I want to explain now.
My name is Lucia Bäuml and I finish my Bachelor and Master studies in Mathematics at the university in Regensburg.
2013 I was picked from numerous candidates for the “Deutschlandstipendium”. This is a German scholarship supporting talented, hardworking and dedicated students financially. It is not only for those, who show excellence in their studies, but who are also engaging in society. One half is payed by the Federal Government of Germany and another half is payed by business, foundations or private sponsors.
I received this scholarship for my academic achievements, but also for my social engagement in the musical sector. I was sponsered for one year. My “second” part was payed by Continental. This support greatly unburdend me and allowed me to focus on my studies.
My university also organized several events for all the students who received the scholarship. There were guided tours for example over campus, looking at the art there, through the datacenter and the botanical gardens. During these tours I was able to get a glimpse on topics outside of my typical mathematical topics and my faculty. The contact with other students participating also encouraged me to listen to interesting lectures from other faculties than my own.
During many workshops at Continental I also had the chance to get some insights into the company. The knowledge I learned in seminars about social competences is still useful for me today. Networking was also an important part of this experiences. I am still in touch with many people I met during this year. Consequently I had the possibility to start a voluntary internship and continued to stay at the company afterwards as a working student. I gained widespread and informative views into practice and thought out of the box. Guided tours at different locations of Continental demonstrated how diverse the company is. Through staying in touch with Continental it lead to a position to write a PhD thesis in the field of Life Cycle Management in cooperation with my university. That allows me to use my theoretical knowledge for mathematical optimization in practice.
I believe the support of Continental with the “Deutschlandstipendium” is very important, not only for the student but also for the companies involved.