Information for mentees

CheMento - Information for mentees

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With a degree in chemistry or a doctorate, there are a number of interesting areas of activity (see also the publications of the career service).

Questions often arise as to the direction in which one can/should orient oneself. Anyone who would like to benefit from individual guidance and support in career planning at an early stage has found the right instrument in CheMento.

The optimization of application documents, the simulation of job interviews and the use of personal relationships to get the mentee a job - a:e mentor:in can do all this if it arises and if it suits. However, mentees should not expect this to be an automatic part of the mentoring, as this is not the original purpose of the cooperation.

Added value for mentees


  • Individual advice from an experienced chemist (mentor: in)
  • Orientation aid at the end of your studies, during your doctorate and at the start of your career
  • Practical preparation for the demands of professional life
  • Further development of own competencies and soft skills
  • Mediation of professional contacts in science and business

Please note the following: A: e Mentor: in is not a career coach who: should find a job for his mentee. He: it should rather support you in choosing the right career path, should provide suggestions and food for thought.

In an interview with the former mentee Etilia Dolja you can read how CheMento supports her and what added value she has drawn from it. here

Who can participate?

Students, doctoral candidates or postdocs from all areas of chemistry can apply as mentees.

Before you apply, please note the following:

1. The cooperation with your: m mentor: in takes time. Applicants should therefore be prepared to plan regular meetings with their mentors even during the hectic phases of their doctorate. Even an already established longer stay abroad during the mentoring year is not suitable for a successful cooperation with your.m Mentor: in. In this case we ask you not to apply.

2. Travel costs to the meetings with the: m Mentor: in and to the events of the supporting program cannot be covered by the GDCh.

3. Doctoral students in the final phase of their doctorate are asked to check whether the goals and wishes for the mentoring year and the associated time expenditure should be brought into line with the completion of the doctoral thesis. The cooperation should be able to last the entire year, apart from occasional quieter phases.

The mentoring cooperation

The individual needs of the mentees determine the topics of the cooperation. On this basis, the tandems conclude an agreement at the beginning of the cooperation that defines the content and goals of the joint mentoring year. The form and regularity of the respective meetings in addition to the supporting program are discussed and recorded at the beginning.

At the end of the cooperation, the tandems hold a final meeting; Mentees also create a short report on their mentoring year.

Registration as a mentee

In order to be able to match tandems as precisely as possible, we need to know your personal situation and your expectations of a: n mentor: in. In the application form, tell us why you would like to join CheMento and what kind of support you are hoping for from CheMento and a: m Mentor: in.

To apply as a mentee, please send us the completed application form (from autumn 2023). It is not possible to apply in any other way.

There is no legal entitlement to participate in the mentoring program.

Next CheMento round

Next round: 2024
Application period: September 1, 2023 - October 15, 2023


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last modified: 22.08.2022 15:45 H from Y.Yasin