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Mentoring of Natural Science in the Information Society

We offer the students attending the Course, "Science in the Information Society" a voluntary mentoring program.

The mentoring program focuses on the personality development of students. Mentors give students the necessary support and accompany them throughout their time of study. In dialogue mentor and mentee develop academic and social skills together, that enable them to complete their studies and meet professional challenges.

The mentoring program can contribute to reducing the number of university dropouts. The collaboration between mentors and mentees is intended to enhance solidarity among the students and bridge barriers between different ages and levels of hierarchy.

In later semesters, an external mentoring is offered to facilitate the transition to working life.

Request to the Mentee

A mentee needs to have a clear idea of goals, possibilities and role perception, that are important to him in the mentor-mentee relationship, and how he/she wants to contribute to this. A basic willingness to listen, to support and assist, to critically self-reflect, to communicate openly and to experiment must exist. Mentees should be supported in determining their career goals. A mentee should engage himself in this process, and develop strategies with his/her mentor which help to achieve these aims. They should try to independently establish contact with social networks relevant to their goals.

Request to the Mentor

A mentor must have a "positive attitude towards people," that expresses itself in honest and constructive discussions. A mentor needs to have a clear idea of goals, possibilities and role perception, that are important to him in the mentor-mentee relationship, and how he/she wants to contribute to this. A general willingness to listen, to reflect, to communicate openly and experiment should be available. The mentor also finds himself in a learning environment (development of coaching skills). While working with the mentees a mentor should reflect new ideas and approaches, serve as a consultant for technical and organizational questions, share his own experiences, give feedback and motivate mentees in strategic career planning. The mentor should bring time and commitment. He has no authority over mentees.

Contact

Dipl.-Phys. Grit Petschick

grit(at)physik.tu-berlin.de

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