Promoting Female Talents
mentorING has existed since 2002, making it the oldest and one of the most successful mentoring programs at TUM. It supports female students with the orientation on the labor market as well as personal and professional development. The focus of the business-oriented program is the development of a reliable professional network as well as their personal and professional development of mentees. To that end, more than 60 renowned companies from the Munich region have already sent mentors. Workshops and trainings additionally offer the opportunity to discuss current professional issues. MentorING starts each winter semester.
“The contact with the participating companies has helped me to gain a better overview of my possibilities for the start of my career” – Annika Laqua, class of 2016/17
The program is based on four pillars:
Mentoring is a proven concept in the development of personnel and young professionals. The foundation for this strategy is the direct and exclusive relationship between mentor and mentee. The mentor supports the mentee in developing her personality and her skills. Regular conversations enable the transfer of experience and knowledge from mentor to mentee.
“Next to professional topics, my mentor and I have also discussed personal topics. Therefore, both of us could profit and we have developed a friendship.” – Katrin Hartmann, class of 2016/17
Mentoring programs do not only make a valuable contribution to the support of women. For companies, the participation in mentoring-programs is an effective method for recruitment of high-potential female professionals.
During the mentorING year, the mentor and the mentee meet every four to six weeks. The relationship is supported by the regular events within the program. The program offers an opening, a feedback and a closing event as well as a workshop for mentors.
mentorING offers different events, during which the participants can acquire a variety of different competences. These are not only relevant for a successful mentorING year, but are also helpful for their professional life in general. They include life and career planning and an application training in which human resource managers of Munich based companies simulate job interviews. Thus, mentees gain valuable information on their application and their appearance in a job interview.
A very special offer for mentees and mentors is the gender training. The event has the subtitle “Training for the dialogue as reliable partners” and is designed to encourage contemplation on dealings with the own and the opposite gender. During the workshop, typical male / female behavior is reflected to enable a change of attitude in young women and in companies.
Building a reliable network with the mentors and the other mentees is a very important part of the programm which is supported repeatedly by events during the mentorING year. This network will help mentees’ with their job entry and their future career. Mentors also benefit by building a network among each other.
Mentees also have the possibility to contact the mentors of other mentees anytime. Not every mentor is an expert for all questions of the participating mentees. For example, not all mentors have experience acquired abroad or have knowledge about whether a doctorate is helpful for the career.
mentorING also offers the opportunity to develop personally. Together with the mentor, strengths and opportunities can be reflected. The mentor also helps to define personal goals in a realistic manner and provides tools to achieve them.
TUM International GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of the Technical University Munich is acting as an interface for the mentorING program. The concept of mentorING was developed and is carried out in cooperation with Cross Consult GbR. The implementation of the program is currently supported by Campana & Schott Business Services GmbH, Coca Cola GmbH, Intel Deutschland GmbH, IT4IPM - IT for Intellectual Property Management GmbH, Knorr-Bremse AG, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG, MaibornWolff GmbH and blu professionals GmbH.
Contact Stella Neuhofen
Phone: 089 20000 548-16