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COMPASS Mentoring Program

The program is aimed at postdocs and science managers (e.g. project coordinators, research unit managers) ready to engage in strategic career building and decision-making.

COMPASS Mentoring is a cooperation of the seven Helmholtz Centers in the research field Earth & Environment. The entire program will be conducted in English. 

Download the information sheet  here !

The Program

Workshop I

12 & 13 January 2023
Workshop II 11 & 12 May 2023
Schloss Buchenau
Workshop III 16 & 17 November 2023
Workshop IV 23 & 24 May 2024

An overview sheet with further information on the workshops is available for download here. 

Workshop I

30 & 31 January 2024 
Workshop II 13 & 14 May 2024
Workshop III 7 & 8 November 2024
Workshop IV 15 & 16 May 2025

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 has been informed and consents.

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

What is a mentor?

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 !

Program Flowchart

The program is open to a maximum of 24 participants. Three places are available for the UFZ. To apply for the programme you need to fill in an application form and answer some guiding questions.
A document with the guiding questions can be downloaded here.

Applications for the 2024/2025 period is already closed.

Please note: If your current contract ends during the program period, the extended of the contract must be intendet by your leader.

COMPASS Mentoring is a cooperation of the seven Helmholtz Centres in the research field Earth & Environment.

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