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Mentors

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What does mentoring mean in our program?

The Tandem

The tandem is a trustful and equal relationship that can be individually designed in terms of content and time. Respectful interaction, mutual willingness for self-reflection, and open communication are important prerequisites for a good mentoring relationship.

In mentoring, a personal advisory and supportive relationship is established between an experienced specialist and leader in the field and a junior researcher. In the mentoring program, we focus on career planning and support for mentees, as well as on character development and the establishment of and access to networks.
The mentoring relationship is deliberately limited in time and is characterized by clearly defined goals. Our experience shows that both mentees and mentors can receive new inspiration and expand their areas of competence.
You can reflect on your experiences in your tandem mentoring relationship and exchange information about your professional and personal lives, for example.
The aim is to accompany your mentee in her professional and personal development, to enable access to networks and informal "rules of the game" of work life and to support her in the next steps of her professional future.
Your contacts at the Potsdam Graduate School will support you in getting started with the tandem and during the mentoring process.

The Tandem

The tandem is a trustful and equal relationship that can be individually designed in terms of content and time. Respectful interaction, mutual willingness for self-reflection, and open communication are important prerequisites for a good mentoring relationship.

Opportunities and possibilities

Mentoring enables you as a mentor:

  • to actively promote young talent
  • to broaden your horizons through a cross-generational exchange of experience
  • to expand your consulting skills
  • to improve your personal image
  • to expand the networks by exchanging ideas with other mentors.

Mentoring enables the institutions or companies involved:

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  • to encourage the next generation of female experts and leaders
  • to generate synergy effects through the exchange of experience between different generations
  • to promote innovative ideas
  • to raise awareness of gender-related disadvantages in your own field of work and develop solutions for more equal opportunities
  • to strengthen science and business in Brandenburg/Berlin
  • to support the image enhancement of your institution/company
  • to accelerate the transfer of knowledge and personnel

Limits:

  • fast career jumps are not a realistic expectation
  • mentoring is not a job placement service
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What you can offer your mentee:

  • Invest the necessary time and responsibility into the mentoring program and the meetings with the mentee so that you can talk openly with her about your own career.
  • Put yourself in the mentee’s position and show understanding for their possibly different points of view.
  • Pass on professional and personal experience and knowledge in a targeted manner.
  • Support the mentee in developing realistic career goals and working out the necessary steps for implementing her goals.
  • Identify and promote the mentee’s development potential, i.e. help them to use and further develop their own skills and abilities.
  • If possible, give the mentee insight into your own field and the structures of your institution or company and arrange helpful contacts.
  • Allow the mentee to participate in events, conferences, meetings, work lunches or the like.
  • Recommend the mentee for cooperation on projects.

These points are only suggestions. Of course, you do not have to perform all these tasks.

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Contact person: Jasmin Blümlein

Potsdam Graduate School

 

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