My girlfriend is graduating from college right now and starting her professional career in a medium sized, rather traditional company in Germany (~12k employees world wide). While being a teenager she self harmed and has pretty obvious scars on her left arm. Although the reason for it, the psychological issues, is gone the scars remain as a mark of that time. Now as the summer is coming she is also thinking about wearing short-sleeved shirts for work, what she avoided until now. She is insecure regarding the reaction of colleagues, heads, etc. and concerned about being seen as the unstable and mentally ill teenager she was years ago instead of the person she is now.
Do you have any advice or experiences whether hiding those scars is better in prospect of her professional career, so not offering the past hard times? Or are companies managing to deal past mental issues professionally in your opinion?
Thanks a lot.