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 Yasemin Metin Schmitz

“Do never forget your family in order to climb up the career ladder. Career comes by itself if you can manage to find a balance.”

Business Unit: Adhesive Technologies
Division: General Industry
Job title: Marketing Manager MEA

Question 1

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

It was always very important for me to be successful in whatever I do. Let it be a small job or a big one, success was the most important thing for me to achieve when I grow up.


Question 2

What has motivated you to take on a position of high responsibility within Henkel?

One has to enjoy his/her job in order to be successful and to be ready to assume more responsibility. It was the same for me: as long as I felt successful, enjoying the job, this has always given me the motivation to move further. In addition, the temptation to experience new and more things boosts my motivation even more. Above all, recognition is one of the key motivational factors on the way up.


Question 3

What were the milestones in your career and are there people or circumstances that have favored your career?

Assignments in different countries and on different continents have been the main milestones in my career and personal development. There are of course people and managers at Henkel who were a big part of this process, supporting me and giving me chances for new experiences. In addition, experiencing different functions and being involved in different SBUs has widened my horizon.


Question 4

What is your advice to women seeking to build careers?

Never give up and accept less than you were expecting/wishing. Believe that women are really better in some cases than men, although it may take some time to believe in this.  Do never forget your family in order to climb up the career ladder. Career comes by itself if you can manage to find a balance. It may take more time than it does for others, but it is worth it.

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