One of the biggest concerns of students, both vocational and university, is choosing where to do their internship. Young people are aware that experience counts as much as training, so it is necessary to try to acquire this from the outset. "It's very important to do internships. Nowadays, there is a lot of competition and experience and many other things are required when you finish your degree and this is something you still do not have", explains Esther Domínguez, Technical Distribution Manager at Endesa.
Despite the fact that more and more companies are launching more scholarships and opting for young talent, the employment pages do not always detail everything behind each offer. What is the team you will be sharing your day-to-day with like? What will your duties be? What is the relationship with other departments of the company?
Knowing the values and the way in which work is done within a company, not only helps the person to opt for these internships or not, but, when doing so, it also greatly facilitates their incorporation into the company, since they are already aware of many of the aspects they will encounter. However, knowing all these details is usually not possible, unless you know someone who works within the company you want to get into. This is how Congenia came about.
What is Congenia?
Just like "Mira, te cuento" [Look, I'll tell you], Congenia is an initiative of the FUE and Endesa that believes in young talent. In this case, instead of helping A-level students resolve doubts about the EBAU [University Access Examinations], STEM degrees and the university world, we go a step further by trying to guide university and vocational students, focusing on those who are in their last year.
Congenia is, therefore, a talent attraction project that aims to inspire these students, through a series of webinars given by different successful female profiles of Endesa. Why women? This is because, at present, only 2% of the jobs related to STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are held by women, and it is necessary to be committed to this type of profile for this to change. "The energy sector has traditionally been a sector with a greater male presence. But, from what I have seen in the 10 months that I have been part of Endesa, the company is trying to improve this data by promoting equal opportunities", Silvia de Pablo, a mathematics student in the Ibería Gas department.