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Mentoring Program 2023 (application closed)

The program is aimed at postdocs and science managers (e.g. project coordinators, research unit managers) ready to engage in strategic career building and decision-making.
COMPASS Mentoring is a cooperation of the seven Helmholtz Centers in the research field Earth & Environment. The entire program will be conducted in English. Download the information sheet for the next program period HERE!

Mentoring Program COMPASS

Workshop I
12 & 13 January 2023
Workshop II11 & 12 May 2023
Schloss Buchenau
Workshop III16 & 17 November 2023
Workshop IV23 & 24 May 2024

As a mentee of the COMPASS Mentoring program you will be supported in your active and goal-oriented career development. A framework program is specifically tailored to career situations in science and science management. The experts running the program will guide you to find a fitting mentor for your individual concerns. Mentors can come from any field, academia as well as the private sector, public authorities or the non-profit sector. Furthermore,  you will have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with others at various events.

Mentees have to invest time and energy in the mentee-mentor relationship and in the program and need a contract for ideally at least 12 months during the program period. If your contract is ending before, we would appreciate a short email from your PI that a contract extension is being considered. Please make sure that your leader/PI is informed about your application. The participation fee is covered by the GFZ budget, travel costs are expected to be paid by your section.

As a mentor you support the mentees with your experience and knowledge to take their next career steps.

What is a mentor?

Someone who passes on their professional knowledge or experiential knowledge. COMPASS mentors can come from all professional fields, e.g. private sector, public authorities, the non-profit sector, freelancers and more.

A mentor…

  • invests time and attention for their mentee.
  • engages with the mentee's concerns and contribute to their self-exploration.
  • provides feedback on plans and goals, addresses risks and encourages the mentee to share their own experiences.
  • shares their experiential knowledge and makes implicit knowledge transparent

The program intents the participation of the mentors in one online workshop and 3 - 6 meetings with their mentees.

Download the information sheet for COMPASS mentors HERE!

The program is open to a maximum of 24 participants. Four places are available for the GFZ. To apply for the programme you need to fill in an application form and answer some guiding questions in Lime Survey.

The link to the application form will be available on 19 September  HERE.

COMPASS Mentoring is a cooperation of the seven Helmholtz Centres in the research field Earth & Environment.