About mentoring

“On the one hand, my mentoring relationship gave me more academic input, even options for cooperation with my mentor’s department and, on the other hand, it made insights into my future career possible, expanded my networks, and supported me in my career planning."Bernd Oschmann, MAINZ PhD student, mentMAINZ mentee

The main part of a mentoring program is the mentoring relationship. In this relationship, mentor and mentee form a direct personal tandem for a limited period of time. The mentor invests time in the mentee, pays attention to his /her professional orientation and development, and promotes this within the framework of the mentor´s options.

The mentor usually is a more senior and more experienced person. The mentoring relationship is an informal relationship over a limited period of time.

Mentoring is an efficient instrument in human resources development that has been verified in several studies. It has been proven that mentoring is very useful with regards to professional orientation, increasing career success, and for gaining understanding and clarity about functional roles. Additionally, mentoring is likely to stimulate job satisfaction.1)
The potential of mentoring programs is recognized by an increasing number of universities and educational institutions in Germany with mentoring programs.2)



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2)Blickle G, Witzki A, Schneider PB (2010) Die Bonner Mentoring-Studie: Effekte von Networking, Selbstoffenbarung, Bescheidenheit, sozialer Kompetenz und Macht. In: Kanning U, von Rosenstiel L, Schuler H(Hrsg.) Jenseits des Elfenbeinturms. Psychologie als nützliche Wissenschaft. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen.