Trust yourself: You have the IT-Factor! Career coaching for female computer scientists

Silvia Maria Förtsch, Anja Gärtig-Daugs


This article aims to investigate gender differences in satisfaction with self-confidence between female and male computer sciences graduates in Germany and its interrelation with career ambitions. The analysis is based on data from the unique Alumnae Tracking Study. The results of our empirical study show that the satisfaction with self-confidence of female graduates is strongly influenced by the academic achievement and self-assessment of their special expertise. Male graduates show a higher satisfaction with self-confidence regardless of their grades at university and their knowledge at time of graduation. Women who graduated from a study program with a high percentage of technical content are less satisfied with their self-confidence compared to graduates from other study programs. In addition, the duration of work experience influences the satisfaction with self-confidence of the computer scientists. Given these results, we offer insight into a coaching program that was implemented at the University of Bamberg. The program aims to strengthen self-confidence and motivational resources. Thus, the career development of computer science graduates is supported. This is illustrated by a case example.


Computer sciences, self-confidence, academic performance, self-concept, coach-ing

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