Helmholtz Mentoring Programme

The Helmholtz Mentoring Programme for young women working at the Helmholtz Association, 'Taking the Lead', is part of the Association’s equal opportunities strategy. It aims to raise the number of women in executive-level positions, where they are still significantly under-represented.

The Goal

Mentoring is a human resources instrument which prepares highly-motivated young women working in science and administration for executive-level positions.  These positions require management and leadership skills and coaching helps early career female leaders to forge a strong network of contacts within the Helmholtz Association and beyond.

The Target Group

The programme is aimed at early career women with between two to five years' postdoctoral experience and women working in administration and management at the beginning of their careers and who aspire to executive-level positions. All participants must be Helmholtz Research Centre staff.

The Concept

Mentoring pairs up a – usually younger – employee starting out in her career with someone who has attained a level of success and who has excellent social skills.  Within Human Resources ciricles it is defined as experienced mentors passing on their specialised knowledge and insights gained through years of experience to less experienced mentees to support and speed up their professional development.  Mentoring partnerships can be very varied, depending on the development needs of the mentee.

More information is only available in German at the moment.

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    • Dr. Christiane Kasack
    • Talent Management
      Helmholtz Association