Digital qualification certificates will play an important role in the future. EQAsce has already recognized the potential to bring this offer closer to young students, so that – in the future – they can show a digital portfolio of qualifications, further training, and additional qualifications. Ms. Julia Steiner has now received one of the first digital and forgery-proof by blockchain-technology certificates in quality management.
Ms. Steiner has studied nutrition and supply management at the University of Applied Sciences at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf and, after a brief period as a product manager and developer in the ice cream industry, turned her attention to quality management. This was followed by a master’s degree in food technology at the Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn. Currently, she is working as a quality manager in the meat industry.
EQAsce: What was your motivation to complete the Quality Manager Junior course during your studies at the University of Bonn and thus acquire one of the EQA certificates?
Ms. Steiner: Before starting my Master’s degree, I already knew that I would like to work in quality management afterwards, so I was very pleased with the offer from the University of Bonn in cooperation with EQAsce, which enables in-depth further training in quality management.
EQAsce: Now that you are in your profession, could you imagine applying for the certificate as an EQA-recognized supervisor of interns and working students in one or more specialization areas of the EQA-recognized QM qualification?
Ms. Steiner: At this point, I would like to keep this option open, but in general I could imagine applying for more certificates.
EQAsce: From your field of activity, how do you assess the need for virtual qualification offerings and digital educational certificates? What is the significance of both at a time when there is a shortage of committed junior staff and managers for many new areas of responsibility in the agri and food industry?
Ms. Steiner: In our current times, also in relation to Corona, I consider the offer of virtual qualification offers and digital educational certificates to be more important than ever. For me, virtual qualification offers have the advantage that I can acquire new specialist knowledge without being tied to a specific place or time. This means that training can be integrated more flexibly into everyday working life.