Caroline Wanders

Caroline Wanders
  1. Tell us who you are!

    I am a young professional with a truly European background. It all started during my childhood: I grew up in Germany, raised by my Swiss, French-speaking mother and Dutch father. Later, I lived and worked in Switzerland, France, Belgium, Ireland. I am now based in Zurich, Switzerland, where I work as a consultant in topics related to the digital transformation of businesses.

    In general, I love discovering new cultures, challenging myself and learning new things. Last year, I took an extended leave and went to to fulfil one of my dreams: discover a different culture not as a tourist, but as a person with a normal everyday life there.

  2. Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!

    Looking back, I made one of the most radical career changes in terms of company culture: After graduating, I started as an economist in the public service and switched after two and a half years to Google. I transferred from a long-term environment, with 5 years planning cycles, to a fast-paced culture, where things changed almost quarterly. This was a unique experience and I got inspired from both working environments.
    The lessons that I’ve learned in the past years and during that change are: Do not give up in the middle of your path. Be insistent. Get to know yourself better.

  3. What are your aspirations as a 1World Mentor for the 1World Social Capital Program?

    I want to contribute to this wonderful Program by offering my support to the young women out there who want to achieve their definition of success, be it in their career or, even more broadly, in life. I have been part of the 1WSCP from the very beginning and have benefited a lot from it. This is precisely why I would like to give back and support the idea behind the Program. Last but not least, it is always fun to speak to someone from the 1WSCP, as they are all very inspiring personalities!

  4. What can you offer your 1World Mentee?

    In my opinion, it can be very helpful to have a mentor who can offer a completely different perspective on your personal situation. In addition, talking to your mentor requires a lot of self-reflection: you need to describe the current situation you are in and the challenges you are facing to an outside person. Furthermore, I will happily share my experience in different work settings.

  5. Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?

    Statistics clearly show that there is a gender gap in pay and promotions, whether we call it glass ceiling or something else. Numbers show that despite (almost) equal conditions at the start of female careers, the results after 10, 20, or 30 years in the job are very different. This can be related to various reasons, as well as external factors; however I can clearly identify two reasons we can change: The first is our courage: we need to be more courageous to aim higher and ask more. The second is the support among each other. We should support each other more and encourage one another. Concerning the latter, the 1WSCP is a first step.