COMPASS Mentoring Program

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The COMPASS Mentoring Program is targeted to postdocs and science managers (e.g. project coordinators, research unit managers) in the research field "Earth and Environment".  It wants to support them in their personal career development and their professional networking, within and outside academia, in order for them to take informed and strategic decisions with regard to their future career pathways. 

The program is a joined endeavour of the seven Helmholtz Centers in the research field "Earth and Environment".

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The Program

The 18-month program consists of 4 workshops specifically tailored to career situations in science and science management, regular meetings between the program participants and their mentors and networking with the peer group. The workshop trainers will guide the mentees to find a fitting mentor for their individual concerns and develop a successful mentoring relationship.


The program will be held in English.
 

Workshop I: 12 & 13 January 2023 (online)

Workshop II: 11 & 12 May 2023 (on site at Schloss Buchenau, Berlin)

Workshop III: 16 & 17 November 2023 (on site in Berlin)

Workshop IV: 23 & 24 May 2024 (online)

 

The Mentees  

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 at least 12 months during the program period. Furthermore, your leader/PI must have been informed and consents

 

Download the information sheet for COMPASS mentees here.

 The Mentors

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

The program is open to a maximum of 24 participants from 7 Helmholtz Centers. Two places are available for postdocs and science managers (e.g. project coordinators, research unit managers) from KIT. The costs will be covered by the KIT CE Program.

 

The Mentoring Program will be advertised once a year from 2022 to 2027. The first cohort will start in January 2023. A new application phase for the second cohort will open in September 2023.

Contact
 For questions on the program please contact Dr. Elija Bleher (Elija bleher does-not-exist.kit edu, 08821-183-111).