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Mentoring at the Viadrina

Programme elements

As a proved instrument for individual career development, mentoring promotes young scientists and helps them managing their own carrier plans. The mentoring and coaching programme for female postdoctoral researchers offers to you varying elements, which support your networking management, provide you with opportunities to develop your skills and to learn more about different career paths for highly skilled women. The mentoring und coaching programme for female postdoctoral researchers consists of the following elements:

  • A mentoring relationship
  • Qualification offers (workshops and coachings)
  • framework programme (kick-off event, closing event, networking events)
  • Guidance and advising by the programme coordinators

The mentoring relationship, the coachings and the guidance of the coordinators can be offered in English. However, to draw your personal maximum benefit from all elements of the programme, you should understand spoken German language well, be able to understand the core issues in discussions and be able to actively participate in conversations. If you have doubts as to whether your German skills are sufficient, do not hesitate to contact us.

The mentoring relationship

Usually mentoring is a one-to-one relationship. As another possible form of mentoring, the group mentoring offers the opportunity for exchange of views and experience between one mentor and several mentees.

For the role of a mentor, we focus on winning professors and senior researchers from universities and non-university research institutions. In regard to language skills and international background, we take the wishes of the mentees in consideration and specifically search for English speaking mentors. As a mentee of the programme, you will be asked to contribute own ideas and proposals concerning possible mentors. The programme coordinator will guide the matching process by providing support in the search of a suitable individual and by submitting an official request to the preferred mentor.

The mentoring relationship will be initiated at the beginning of the programme and is required to last until the end of it in October next year. The partners of the mentoring relationship come to an agreement about the mentoring terms, such as communication channels and frequency of meetings. The coordinator provides assistance in an advisory capacity.

 Qualification offers

During the eighteen month of the programme, we offer workshops and individual coachings for you.

We are planning 7 workshops for you. They offer to you the opportunity to develop your skills in carrier management and leadership. For one of the workshops, we take your wishes and needs into consideration, in regard to contents.

Workshops will be held in German language.

A second column of the qualification offers are individual coachings, which can be offered in English language. We will match you with a coach. Afterwards you will schedule 2-3 meetings with your coach individually. The coaching meetings are planned for March till September.

Issues that can be worked with in coaching sessions: networking, empowerment, self-presentation, communication skills, personal leadership style, negotiation skills.

The framework programme

Kick-off and closing event:

The programme starts and ends with an event for welcoming the new participants and for saying-goodbye to the former participants. You will get in touch with your peer group for the first time and will have the opportunity to talk to former participants about their experiences.

Networking events:

Networking events give mentees and mentors the opportunity to discuss on carrier topics and to exchange experiences in an informal atmosphere.

Guidance and advicing of the programme coordinators

During the whole programme the coordinator supports the mentees and the mentors in confidence. You will be required to exchange views with one of the coordinators at the beginning, at half-time and at the end of the programme.