The taskforce "Mentoring" designs a mentoring program for current scholars of TUM: Junge Akademie. We strongly believe that mentoring offers great benefits for both parties and is a valuable part of the curriculum of TUM: Junge Akademie. Our program provides a means of initiating one-on-one contact between scholars and alumni of TUM: Junge Akademie. Thus, individual advice and inspiration can be passed on from experienced alumni to younger scholars. At the same time, mentors get a chance to keep in vivid contact with their Alma mater and can benefit from the next generation's knowledge and enthusiasm.
We are proud that our planning phase turned into reality just this year. More than 20 almuni of TUM: Junge Akademie offered to engage in our mentoring program while interested scholars of the year 2019 had the possibility to participate. Six scholarship holders signed up and reviewed a list of possible mentors including their study background, LinkedIn or XING profile and other personal information. We thought that it might be best to let the mentees choose their mentors on their own as they know best who they would like to exchange with. Hence, they ranked the mentors in their preferred order and the matching tool computed all the rest. In May 2019 we organised a kickoff event in a restaurant to introduce tandem partners to each other, explain the process of the mentoring program and, most importantly, to spend a fantastic evening together.
In general, tandems can organise their interaction very individually: While mentor and mentee should meet at least four times during one year, the frequency as well as location and topics discussed are set individually. Academic questions as well as personal topics are encouraged to be discussed. At the end of the program in May 2020, there shall be a closing event, which is the kickoff event for the next year of mentor/mentee tandems.
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With the beginning of the summer term 2019 the taskforce mentoring is composed by: