What is Peer Mentoring?
Peer mentoring is a form of career enhancement and an important strategy for assistance during your transition from academia to industry. It targets the self-management and mutual support between young researchers who join forces to build beneficial relationships with individuals and institutions and to acquire valuable competences.
- Peer support system to achieve common and individual goals
- Different perspectives on your challenges to find better solutions
- Personal and professional development through an engagement in meaningful activities
- Further knowledge of career success factors and the importance of career networks
How it works
As a support team, you meet regularly to talk about challenges you are currently facing and to exchange ideas about different topics. Through the meetings, you get fresh insights and different perspectives on your situations and problems.
Furthermore, you can arrange sessions with external support addressing your specific needs, for instance:
- You have problems defining your strength and weaknesses and next career steps? - Organize coaching sessions
- You need feedback for your CVs? - Compare and feedback your CVs in group and invite a professional to your next meeting
It is up to you what you are focusing on in your meetings, but it is important to create a trustful and friendly, non-judging space in which everyone can express his/her challenges, insecurities and perspectives.
A peer-mentoring group consists of 5-7 doctoral students mixed gender at best. For an efficient communication, it is important to define a group leader as well as a substitute within your peer-mentoring group.
The GGL can support you in different areas (forming groups, mentoring training, organize sessions, financial support etc.) and take over organizational tasks. Just contact us in case you need help. Vice versa, the GGL appreciates your advice and ideas to develop the JOLS program further.