Women in Energy – Speed-Networking Event – 10 April 2019
We are looking forward to inspiring exchanges!
Women in Energy Dinner – 6 September 2018
It was a wonderful start into the new semester! The Sciences Po Women in Energy Initiative had the honour to be invited to a dinner by the German Women in Energy Network.
14 female professionals had come to Paris for discussions with French companies and International organisations from the energy sector. And on the night of the 6th of September, 18 of our female students interested in energy enjoyed French food and inspiring discussions with the German women.
Coming from the political, economic, journalist, legal or managing side of the energy sector, and working in the area of electricity, renewables, oil or gas, the women that we could talk to were very diverse, but all very friendly and open to share their experiences.
Thank you for this interesting, inspirational and encouraging night!
Women in Energy – Speed-Networking Event – 28 March 2018
The Women in Energy Initiative had the pleasure of co-organising a speed-networking event with Sciences Po Women in Business! Both student initiatives at Sciences Po are committed to promoting women in their careers.
Networking is key to a successful internship and job search, so we decided to reach out to Sciences Po alumnae and female professionals in the energy sector. We had the immense honour of hosting eight inspiring professionals from diverse fields.
The speed-networking format allowed participants to speak to each professional for about 20 minutes in small groups. Here is what our professional guests would like to give us as advice:
Luca Zsofia Vasanczki, Business Developer at Dalkia:
Focus on finding your first job in the energy sector, whether it is in a company or in a consultancy. Your first job is there to help you build skills.
Sixtine Debatte, Strategy Consultant – Energy, Grids and Mobility – at Atlante:
Take the opportunity to network during your studies, to meet professionals working in interesting fields, and participate in events where you get a chance to speak to them. Use your network (alumni, friends, …) to get in touch with people who can give you a more precise idea of their day-to-day work and orientation of the job market. They may even offer you your first job opportunity! Good luck to everyone!
Elsa Caballero, Marketing at GRTgaz:
Get ready: there are easy tricks to help you get a first interview and land your first job. From the cover letter to negotiating your first pay, make the best of all opportunities.
Sara Moarif, Policy Analyst at the International Energy Agency:
Follow your passion and your interests. Energy, including energy and environment, is a vast field, and people within tend to be very keen and passionate. When you network, communicate about topics you are really interested in, and seek out people who are working on topics you care about – your interactions will be sincere, specific and interesting to them as well. Of course, this also means being prepared and keeping up to date on your topics of interest.
If I can give one other piece of advice, it’s to be comfortable with discomfort. The opportunity to continuously learn, grow and explore things is one of the reasons this field is so wonderful – there is no reason for you to ever be bored! Be confident about what you know, be open about what you don’t without being apologetic or self-conscious. Be curious and willing to learn about what you don’t know without feeling defensive or threatened.
Marion Steward, Regulation and Organisation of Energy Markets at EDF:
The energy sector is really challenging and exciting but finding a first job may not be easy. So, use all means (Internet, networking, LinkedIn…), be bold when you apply… and persevere!
Lilly Höhn, Regulatory Affairs Officer at Powernext:
Social Sciences keep getting underestimated and undervalued. We have the responsibility to go out there and prove to people that we are actually able to add value to the discussion and that we might ask questions others did not think about. Be honest with who you are and where you come from.
Veronika Gyuricza, Chief Operating Officer at Partitus Expert Network; Consultant for the World Bank and European Commission:
The energy sector is a relatively male-dominated field. I therefore advise you not to be afraid to have an assertive attitude. The opportunities you can seize will without a doubt outweigh the rare occasions where your assertiveness can be a disadvantage.
Elena Ocenic, Policy Officer at the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER):
Sapere aude. Stay curious. Stay focused. Be critical. Keep learning. Know your rights and responsibilities. Have the courage to stand up for yourself, to speak your mind and don’t let anyone undermine your dignity!
These great pieces of advice give you a sense of how empowering our exchanges with these impressing professionals were. We have learnt more about their career paths, job opportunities in the field, and will certainly benefit a lot from the connections we made at this event!
Our special thanks go to the eight professionals who joined us as well as to Sciences Po Women in Business for this successful cooperation!