Congenia: the initiative that inspires university and vocational training students

What is it like to do an internship in a large company like Endesa? Thanks to initiatives such as Congenia, students with vocational training, a degree or a master's degree can now find out first-hand. 

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.

“The energy sector has traditionally been a sector with a greater male presence, Endesa is trying to improve this data by promoting equal opportunities”.

–  Silvia de Pablo, a mathematics student in the Ibería Gas department.

This initiative took place on 15, 16 and 17 June. To do this, seven successful female profiles of Endesa have been used, who, through one-hour webinars, have explained to the student group in simple terms who they are, what degree they have studied and how this has led them to be able to be in Endesa collaborating on projects with a great impact, as well as other aspects. Over the three days, the following webinars were given: 

Silvia de Pablo, a mathematics student in the Ibería Gas department.
Ana Mª Orejas, Business Incubation Project Leader.
Esther Domínguez, Technical Distribution Manager.
Beatriz Ales, Industrial & Financial Business Partner.
Mónica Cortés, Business Incubation Project Leader
Nersi Martín, Head of Systems and Telecommunications expert.
María José Espinosa, Commercial Manager for Companies.

So far, there have been 36 registered students and 81 webinar registrations for these first sessions of Congenia. So, the total number of participants is 152 people. But this is just the beginning.

If you are a vocational training, degree or master's student, and you want to be inspired and learn to let your talent flow so that it takes you to where you want to go, you can register on the Congenia page. Then you can ask the questions you want or just enjoy listening to everything we have prepared for the upcoming webinars. Furthermore, if you have already finished the degree and are interested in growing professionally within Endesa, you can be part of the Flow Your Talent scholarship programme.

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