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Glasfasern aus der Optoelektronik in der Fakultät für Elektrotechnik, Informatik und Mathematik, Foto: Universität Paderborn

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Glasfasern aus der Optoelektronik in der Fakultät für Elektrotechnik, Informatik und Mathematik, Foto: Universität Paderborn


The main focus of mentoring is the learning- and development process of the mentee. She is the main character of this process – she is therefore responsible for her own progress within the mentoring-partnership with her mentor. This requires not only specific competences but also demands concrete requirements of the mentee.

As a mentee, you…

  • have personal, as well as professional objectives and are committed to achieving your goals
  • are capable to build and maintain relationships to other people
  • are able to openly discuss ideas and address fears and weaknesses
  • are brave enough to make mistakes and try out new methods
  • are ready to reflect on your position and to question yourself critically
  • are ready to take other peoples advise
  • are honest, trustworthy and loyal towards your mentor
  • have a high sense of responsibility for yourself and make your own decisions
Chances for mentees

Mentoring offers the chance to advance oneself personally and professionally in many respects.

  • Personally:
    Mentoring offers the opportunity to show and broaden your competences. In dialogue with your mentors you may gain the ability to analyse problems, improve and sharpen your power of judgement. You can better your self-evaluation, learn how to make use of your strengths in an effective way and learn how to handle your weaknesses. Thereby you can strengthen your self-confidence. 
  • Competences:
    During the mentoring process, you have the chance to train many competences, such as critical faculties and conflict abilities, the ability to work in teams, social competences (self-assertion, self-competence, interpersonal skills). You can also sharpen your professional competences. You get the chance to gain insight into the mentor's relevant professional experience and may be integrated /involved in projects, experience how meetings or conferences are arranged and you may accompany your mentor to workshops or conferences.
  • Orientation:
    During the mentoring-process, you have the chance to clarify opportunities for further development on the professional level. You learn how to realistically estimate perspectives, chances and necessary efforts required. You get to know new perspectives and make new experiences to broaden your horizon.
  • Career planning:
    During the mentoring process, you can clarify your personal and occupational goals and you have the chance to work out individual strategies for your further career.
  • New contacts:
    With the help of the mentors you may have the possibility to forge new contacts and to gain access to new networks, which could help you with your further career.
Tasks of a mentee
  • Set goals:
    You formulate clear objectives for your mentoring process. It is your task to become aware of your own plans and the support you need. At the beginning of the mentoring partnership, you arrange concrete subjects and strategies on how to achieve your goals with your mentor.
  • Stay in touch:
    It is your responsibility to stay in touch with your mentor and to inform him/her about your stage of development. If you have any questions, you can call your mentor or write him/her an e-mail (if agreed).
  • Be active:
    It is your responsibility to prepare the meetings with your mentor and define on which aspects you lay the focus of your work and what kind of contribution you expect of your mentor. Furthermore you prepare first approaches to solving a problem. Keep a record of your conversations and a short log, which you can, as far as agreed, make available for your mentor.
  • Be upfront:
    Mentoring can be more efficient if you are upfront towards your mentor and openly talk about your problems and weaknesses. That way you have the chance, to learn from mistakes or difficult situations. This requires a trustfully cooperation on the one hand and on the other hand it also creates trust.
  • Implement things:
    Do not stop at planning, questioning and discussing, but also implement things in an active manner. You shouldn´t expect pre-fabricated solutions but shape your own solutions with the help of your mentor.
  • Reflect on the process and your own role.
Programme structure

Framework programme
At the beginning, all participants will take part in an introductory workshop to help prepare for their role as a mentor. Afterwards the mentees will be assigned to their mentors based on field of study and interest. A common launch- and closing event forms the framework for the mentoring relationship.

Personal mentoring
In regular meetings the mentor shares their personal as well as occupational experiences with the mentee and offers support and advice. Ideally, the meetings take place around every six to eight weeks.
The choice of subject is dependent on the interests and the advice needed by the students. A choice of questions will be developed during the introductory workshop.

The mentees have the possibility to accompany the mentors during typical work phases (meetings, conferences, workshops…). This way, the mentees gain insight into academic work and research routines.

Training – Counselling – Motivation
Furthermore perspEktIveM offers continuative events and training schemes: 

  • Discussion rounds
  • Workshops for expanding key skills
  • Network meetings
  • Individual counselling and support by the project coordination
Field reports

Here you can find the current reports of mentees, in which they describe their experiences during the mentoring programme – especially during the shadowing phase.


PerspEktIveM is aimed at female students starting from the 4. Semester, who are willing to actively get involved in shaping their mentoring partnership.  Above all, the attendances to the launch and closing-events as well as the participation to at least two workshops and three network meetings are mandatory. All dates will be announced in advance. Furthermore all mentees agree to participate in the Programme-evaluation interview in form of half term- and completion interviews.


By regular attendance, you may receive 2 ECTS-points for following courses of study


  • Computer science (BA/MA)
  • Mathematics (BA/MA)
  • Techno-mathematics (BA/MA)
  • Computer engineering (BA)

For further information, please contact the Project-coordination.


To apply for the mentoring-programme, we need following documents

Please send your completely filled out application documents postal or digital to the project coordination until the 31st May.

Application Process

The participants will be selected by analysing the application documents. The profile sheet will be a helpful device, to get to know the applicants and to match suitable Mentoring-Tandems.

In your profile sheet, we are especially interested in your willingness to further development and motivation.

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