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Requirements

Requirements for getting a mentor:

You should not get a mentor just to get feedback on your CV and cover letters. Thus, before you apply for a mentor, please consider if your needs/challenges might be met by individual counselling or participation on events, offered by AU Career PhD & JR. 

In order to become a mentee, you must:

  • Be a PhD student or junior researcher at Aarhus University.
  • PhDs: Have a maximum of 3 years and a minimum of 6 months left of your PhD by the application deadline (August 15th).
  • Postdocs/Junior researchers: Have a maximum of 3 years and a minimum of 6 months left of your JR by the application deadline.
  • Participate in the introductory briefing.
  • Show commitment and engagement in your role as a mentee and be open to honest discussion and feedback from your mentor.
  • Participate in 5 meetings during the program’s 10 months (the mentor programme is a long term relation; not just a one-off meeting).
  • Consider participating in other AU Career PhD & JR events, and whether your needs might be met by individual counselling.

As a mentee you are expected to show commitment and engagement and to prioritize the meetings with your mentor.

We also encourage you to participate in the 5 meetings during the program’s 10 months. The mentor programme is a long term relation; not just a one-off meeting.

 

What do former mentees say?

Erika Vigna. PhD. Inano/Chemistry. Team Lead at Siemens Gamesa. 

Erika is currently a part of our mentor programme as a mentor. However, Erika was once a mentee herself. Here she shares her experiences as a mentee, and how her mentor played an important role in both her professional and personal development: 

I registered for the mentor programme as I  was not sure how I ould "sell myself" in a new environment different from academia.

At the beginning, my biggest concern was that every job posting seemed not to match with my competences and that made me upset. My mentor guided me through the job ads and explained where I should see myself fitting in.  We went through the most common questions for interviews, and he helped me understand what the best ways to formulate answers were. We looked at some of my job applications and further discussed possible interview questions.

My mentor was just great!!! He always found the right words when explaining me how I could match my profile when looking at job ads, as well as provide the right input while correcting CV and cover letter. Last but not least, he shared some of his previous experiences in job interviews that somehow prepared me for what types of situations could occur in a job interview.  

I think that having my mentor’s guidance and coaching did help me a lot in getting a job. Without him, it would have been a lot more difficult.

Why sign up for AU Mentor PhD & JR?

From ’The Mentoring Journey’: 

The most important thing you can get out of the mentoring relationship is the chance to discuss issues with an independent ’third party’. You can talk to your mentor about topics that may be difficult, awkward or impossible to discuss with friends, family, colleagues, your boss or your partner/husband/wife. Having an external, ‘neutral’ person to discuss certain issues with can be easier, because they are not personally involved. Other main benefits are:

  • Personal development.
  • An opportunity to be challenged and to receive feedback.
  • Encouragement and support in what you do.
  • The chance to use your mentor’s experience to gain insight into a particular industry, position or professional qualification.
  • Expanded professional and personal networks