To encourage women into a career in academia after their PhD and attract them to professorships, Paderborn University set up its mentoring programme for female PhD students in 2008. Participating students are assigned a personal mentor – a highly experienced female professor – to benefit from their first-hand experience, as well as individual and practical support. Mentors provide career planning advice, for example, and give constructive feedback on performance and skills. They explain the unwritten “rules of the game” of academic life and facilitate access to professional and sector networks. The programme also includes associated training and qualification measures, as well as internal network meetings for mentees.
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