She thought it was just a rumor at first: A job fair at Volkswagen where heads of departments speak to potential candidates in person? "Before that, I had only ever heard of the usual route of responding to job postings," explains Özlem, adding "it was often a drawn-out process that wasn’t particularly transparent for those applying. There were many times when I didn’t hear back for a long time – if at all." But Aras, whose family originally hails from Turkey, never gave up. After studying in the USA and spending a year at Volkswagen in Mexico, she was determined that she could make a valuable contribution to the company, even in a different position.