Mirte Scholten studied Sociology (Major) and Economics (Minor) at the University of Konstanz, Germany (BA) and holds a Master Degree in Sociology from University of Mannheim, Germany. After working as a student assistant on the project “Social Inequality in Educational Careers of Young Adults” led by Prof. Dr. Marita Jacob, she has been a research fellow on the project “Panel Study on Family Dynamics” at Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), led by Prof. Dr. Josef Brüderl. Since June 2012 she holds a position as a researcher and PhD student in the project “Educational- and occupational careers of tertiary education drop-outs. A longitundinal analysis with the NEPS-Erwachsenenpanel” (project leader: Dr. Nicole Tieben). Her main research interests are social inequality and social mobility, sociology of the life course, educational sociology and gender differences.