Mentoring Tandem Daniela Krahmer and Tatjana Diebold
“We just never stopped”
TUM student Tatjana Diebold was a bit nervous to meet her mentor for the first time. But there was chemistry between them right from the start. They have been meeting to discuss both professional and private matters for over five years.
Just studying wasn’t enough for Tatjana Diebold. She also worked as a student trainee during her Bachelor’s degree in Technology and Management-oriented Business Administration. She also took part in a number of innovation projects as a scholarship holder. At some point, Tatjana Diebold started to think about she could link together these different strands. She wanted to come up with a coherent plan for her future career. She turned to TUM Mentoring by Alumni.
An expert in personnel consulting
Her mentor was TUM Alumna Daniela Krahmer, who had studied Mathematics with a specialty in Computer Science at TUM. Daniela Krahmer has thirty years of corporate experience in IT and as a self-employed business consultant under her belt. “I was excited and nervous to meet Daniela Krahmer”, Tatjana Diebold says, recalling her feelings about the first meeting. “But the chemistry was just right: we have similar opinions about professionalism and values. We also get along on a personal level, for example, we both like to dance.”
A plan for life
Daniela Krahmer and Tatjana Diebold have been a mentoring duo since 2014, although the program is officially only supposed to go for one year. “We started and just never stopped”, they both say with a smile. The meetings, whether in person or via Skype, took place in a very structured way right from the beginning. “We first made a roadmap. Where are you now? Where do you want to go next? How do you find the right balance between the professional and the private?”, recalls Daniela Krahmer.
The two worked together on documents, fine-tuned social networking profiles, and discussed tricky situations in working life. For Tatjana Diebold, it was the first time that she had formulated certain things in actual words. This was an important experience for her, she says. “Often one has an indefinite feeling. Something is keeping you busy. But you do not know what that is,” she explains. “This is precisely where the conversations with my mentor helped me enormously. But you have to be open to this and allow yourself to trust and to try something new.” Tatjana Diebold says that she and her mentor have created “a protective environment” for themselves, in which they can talk openly, honestly and confidentially. “There are a thousand things that I have talked about beyond technical and methodological issues,” says Tatjana Diebold. “I have learned to interrogate myself.”
It is a blessing to pass things on and it makes us human.
A lot has happened since Daniela Krahmer started mentoring in 2014. She has accompanied her mentee through her Master’s program and is still standing by her side in her first job at an international company in the film and media industry in Munich. Of course, they celebrated Tatjana Diebold’s official graduation together.
Daniela Krahmer is now a mentor for the sixth time – and it’s still something she puts “all her heart” into, she says. She sees her work as a mentor as a social responsibility. Yet it isn’t necessary to have thirty years of professional experience to be a good mentor, she says. Daniela Krahmer looks over at Tatjana Diebold, a person for whom she has been a constant source of motivation “I encourage you to go that way, too. I would very much like that. It is a blessing to pass things on and it makes us human.”
Tatjana Diebold und Daniela Krahmer
Bachelor TUM-BWL 2014, Master 2016 und Degree Mathematics 1990
Immediately after her studies in Mathematics with a specialty in Computer Science, Daniela Krahmer took her first position at Siemens Nixdorf and she soon found herself working in the company’s international management (1991-1999). This was followed by a management position at Siemens for the region of Germany (1999-2003). She then took the leap into senior executive management (2003-2009). In both her management roles, Daniela Krahmer focused on topics related to the skills and further education of employees. In 2009, she finally became self-employed and founded her own management consultancy. She works as a consultant for leadership, work and learning in the digital age and specializes in consulting topics such as smart learning processes, virtual collaboration and remote management. As a partner in a personnel consultancy, she also supports well-known companies in recruiting talented employees. In her free time, Daniela Krahmer likes to travel, photograph, cook and dance, and she often sews and creates lace and handicrafts.
In 2014, Tatjana Diebold earned her Bachelor’s degree in Technology and Management-oriented Business Administration (TUM-BWL). In 2016, she completed her studies specializing in Operations and Supply Chain Management with a Master of Science Degree. She wrote her Master’s thesis on knowledge and innovation management at ARRI in Munich, where she has since worked in supply chain management and process optimization. From 2013 to 2015, Tatjana Diebold was a Manage & More scholarship holder at UnternehmerTUM. She is a trained mediator and she also helps senior citizens use computers and new media at two Munich associations. In addition to process optimization and design, Tatjana Diebold is passionate about interior design, yoga and hiking. She is currently learning to play the ukulele.
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