Your role as a mentor

Being a mentor means, first of all, that you give your time and your experience to help another person to master a situation that you have already successfully overcome.  

Your task as a mentor is to strengthen your mentee and to give space for reflection on the next professional steps in joint discussions.

For you, this means at the same time that you don't have to worry about perhaps not having sufficient knowledge or enough experience for your role as a mentor. Mentees should be strengthened in the mentorship to research information by themselves and to remain active throughout the process.

Offer: Start-up talk "My role as a mentor"
If you have any questions about your role as a mentor, please contact the Mentoring Team. We will be happy to arrange a meeting with you to answer any questions you may have.


To build a mentoring relationship, we recommend following these principles:

  • Your experience is an offer:
    Stay... Open to the wishes and ideas of the mentees. Offer your opinion on how a situation can be handled as ONE possibility. The decision is up to the mentees.
  • Mentoring is a working relationship:
    Mentees can go through stressful periods, such as graduation or through other stressful situations, and communicate this to you - after all, you are a confidant. Remain aware of your role in the context of mentorship and steer if necessary against it
    in timeif other topics take up too much space. 
  • You are not Google:
    Many questions of the mentees you will be able to answer, but some not. It is equally important for you to set boundaries in the mentoring process. It is just as important for you to draw boundaries in what you can accomplish as it is important for the mentees to organize themselves.
More job and career offers at the University of Graz

The Career Center of the University of Graz helps students and graduates with their career entry.  The offer ranges from support in career orientation, preparation for application processes to salary negotiation and beyond. This offer is also part of the Career Mentoring, in order to accompany the mentees in their transition phases optimally.

Time required

Mentoring means process support and should therefore not be shorter than three, up to a maximum of twelve months. We recommand min. one meeting per month for about one and a half hours. With short preparation, travel times and meetings, a mentorship means an average time expenditure of 20 hours. Each mentoring team agrees on the schedule together and the time resources of the mentors set the framework. 

For content preparation, you can find information on the platform and in the mentoring guide, which is written for both mentors and mentees.
Suggestions for content

Too much preparation for your role as mentor is not necessary. Because, after all, you already have the three most important things with you: Your experience, your time and your willingness to help others.

 Your profit

A mentorship will improve your advisory skills, the exchange with the mentees brings you on new ideas, broadens your horizons, and perhaps you will look at your own your own career path from a new perspective. In addition, you have the opportunity to expand your own network at our events, to which all participants of Career Mentoring are invited. 


Should you have any questions, suggestions or requests before, during or after a mentorship, the Career Mentoring Team is happy to help. Please contact us by email at or by phone on 0316/380-1821.

This is the Career Mentoring Team