Coaching and mentoring
Individual support, competent advice, strategic networking
What is Mentoring about?
In the frame of a cross-generational and cross-hierarchical promotion-relationship, an experienced person (Mentor) supports a less experienced person (Mentee) in the further development of her personality, in the expansion of her professional competences and in the planning and strategic pursuit of the career. In form of a dialogue, mutual goals are set and pursued. For a mutually agreed on period of time the Mentor is on hand for his or her particular Mentee. The duties are to advise her and help her to accomplish upcoming tasks or in the next steps in the development as well as in decision and upheaval situations. That is to be done in the way that the Mentor enables an access to networks through his or her influence and contacts. Thus, Mentees get an impulse to recognise their own abilities and competences and then include them - more targeted - to plan their career.
Mentoring for women
Mentoring has a long tradition in the academic world, usually as an established support relationship. Examinations have shown that female (junior-) academics are often not supported and advised in the same way and are not included into networks as good as their male fellow colleges due to traditional expectation in the feminine role and masculine coined models. This happens, although both genders have the same access to academic institutions and show the same achievements. Therefore, universities and research institutions, more and more, implement Mentoring as a gender-neutral staff development instrument to remedy this shortcomings. Thus the “leaky pipeline” - which is the continuous decline of women with increasing qualifications - shall be counteracted. Mentoring contributes to the winning and keeping of excellent junior academics by individually and purposefully supporting them in their career planning and shaping.
Further informations on Mentoring: