This is mentoring

Mentoring is when one person person passes on their experience to others within a longer lasting process. In Carreer Mentoring one mentor works with one mentee for a period of about 3-12 months on one of these professional topics:

  • Career entry and career orientation
  • International
  • Self-employed

What makes mentoring so effective are mainly 3 factors:

Benefiting from individual experiences
All the professional issues you deal with in career mentoring, present you with a series of small and large decisions. Predicting how you will feel about a decision you make, however, is often difficult. What can lead to a better understanding is to ask others about their experiences with similar decisions. This level of effectiveness, mentoring has an advantage over other forms of support such as counseling and coaching.

Get personal support
During the mentoring, you will have access to knowledge and experience, but in addition you have a personal contact person with your mentor. Thus mentoring also has an affective effect: At the end of a successful mentoring process you will not only have gained knowledge but also feel strengthened in your course of professional life.

Long-term support
Mentoring is a process. We recommend a period of time for a mentorship of about 3-12 months. This will result in several benefits for you: Some questions will emerge only in the course of the mentorship, and so you will be accompanied in situations while they develop. The relationship with your mentor will become more and more one of trust, making the work deeper, and you will also gradually become better at judging when you can orientate yourself on the experiences of your mentor and where you should perhaps find your own way.

one person white  Your role as a mentee

As a. mentee, you are mainly responsible for the organizational processes of the mentorship, i.e. you administer the mentorship via the mentoring platform and take care of appointments, the mentoring agreement and, if necessary, its updating. In short: your are responsible for ensuring that the time resources of the mentors are valued by relieving them of those administrative steps that are necessary to run a mentorship.

More on this in Mentorship.

Recommendations for mentoring

To build a successful mentoring relationship, we recommend keeping the following principles in mind:

Mentor:s experiences are an offering, not a blueprint
Mentor:s offer their experience and their opinion on how to cope with a situation. situation as a possibility: as a mentee you make your own decisions. decisions yourself. This also means that in your mentorship you will remain remain independent and take responsibility for your own progress.  

Mentoring is a working relationship
As a mentee, you are in a transitional situation. mentee you are in a transitional phase and this can be mentally mentoring can be mentally and emotionally exhausting. You can and should communicate stressful situations to your mentor, after all, the work in a mentorship requires your the speed of the mentorship, the frequency of the meetings and the extent of the the frequency of meetings and the scope of the topics discussed. should be oriented. If you are (at times) overwhelmed by the pace of the mentorship, please communicate this. mentorship, please be sure to communicate this to your mentor(s). mentor:s, rather than letting time pass without contact.
Please please remain aware of your and your mentor's role in this working relationship. of this working relationship and stay as close as possible to the topics Please remain aware of your and your mentor's role in this working relationship and stick to the topics that were agreed upon at the beginning of the mentorship and that are written in the mentoring agreement. In this way, you will have a good overview of the topics and issues you have worked on with your mentor in retrospect.

Mentor:in are not Google
Your:e mentor:inside aregladto share their knowledge and professional experience with you. He:She isnot to be understood as a mediator:in of overview knowledge or as a substitute for your simple internet research, however. 

The mentoring team is happy to answer all your questions about the process, for all other questions about the career entry, you can also take advantage of the free counseling and event service of the Career Center.

  Your mentor

The first step for mentees is to find a potential mentor on the Career Mentoring Platform. There is no 100 percent match between your search criteria and the profilesof the mentors necessary, a match of 50% is already possible for a successful mentoring process. However, you should definitely consider a few tipps about the search, which you can find in our FAQs.

Who are the mentors?

The mentos of the Career Mentoring Program are graduates of the University of Graz who volunteer as mentors.

How do I find the right person for my mentorship?

It's important that before you start a mentorship, you think about what topics you want to work on and what questions you have. You should write this down in your profile in the sections "My current situation", "My current situation", "My goal(s)" and "What help do I want?". These details are visible for the mentor after sending your request. The clearer you know what your needs are in a mentorship, the better mentors can assess whether they can support you.

  Time commitment

We recommend a period of about 3-12 months for a mentorship with monthly meetings of about 1 ½ hours. 

Before a mentorship. you will also need time to fill out the mentorship request form in your profile, which you can save and revise there. 

In addition, be sure to prepare for the mentorship:
Attend a kick-off meeting or the kick-off workshop for mentees that we offer once a month during the semester, or read the information here on the website. The information on the site is sufficient to prepare you for a mentorship, the advantage of participating in a webinar is that you can ask the  questions directly to the Career Mentoring Team. You can of course contact us at any time by e-mail or telephone: or 0316/380-1821.

You can find dates for events in the calendar of your profile page.

  Further support

Besides the Career Mentoring, the Career Center of the University of Graz also offers professional counselling and coaching for professional topics, which you can take advantage of in addition to the mentoring. Here's the Career Center.