"Mentoring provides a unique opportunity for contact with the professional world”
Camille, a graduate of the ESTACA (École Supérieure des Techniques Aéronautiques et de Construction Automobile) engineering school, has been working at Safran Transmission Systems since 2015. "I was hired right after I completed my final internship," says the 27-year-old Camille. Since then, I have been working as Investment Coordinator in the Industrial Engineering Department." Her job: managing everything related to the operational aspects of machine installation at the Colombes site in the Hauts-de-Seine area, where more than 900 employees work on power transmission, an essential part of aircraft operations.
A unique form of support
It was in the air a few years ago that she first met Pauline, who is now 23 years old. Quite literally: "We were attending the same gliding centre in the Rennes region," explains Camille. "Flying together brings people together," says Pauline, as if pursuing Camille's train of thought. So, naturally, when she needed to find a mentor as part of her third year of study, she didn't have to look very long. "Camille was immediately interested and enthusiastic about the prospect of helping me," she recalls. "It was the natural thing to do," confirms Camille, who has been active for several years as a mentor with the association "Elles Bougent", an organisation that aims to encourage young women to pursue careers as engineers and technicians. Adding: "Just a few years ago, I was facing the same questions as Pauline. With the benefit of experience, I am able to provide her with ideas and tools so that she can make the best possible choices. The idea is to be able to support her through the different stages of her student life."
Getting answers to her questions
To be even more practical about it all, Camille brought Pauline to the Colombes site. It was a day of immersion during which the Pauline was able to explore the environment in which Camille works as an engineer and the relationships she has with her various colleagues. In short, it was "a unique opportunity for contact with the work environment of the engineer", says Pauline. Moreover, when she looks back, Pauline is increasingly convinced: "When you undertake engineering studies, it is often very difficult to understand the realities of this profession. Thanks to this opportunity, I was able to get answers to my questions. I became aware that the engineer's role is a vitally important one, not only in terms of qualifications and aptitude, but also in terms of interpersonal skills. Being a good listener, being able to express yourself and explain when something is not right... but above all being able to say what is right!"
"It's a ‘win-win' situation for all involved, says Camille. On the one hand, it offers students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what awaits them once they graduate. And on the other, it helps to raise awareness about the Safran Group and its various professions among new talent."