One-to-one mentoring is based on a relationship between a more experienced person (academic or non-academic environment) who, as a mentor, advises and supports a less experienced person as a mentee in their career development.
At a kick-off event, the mentees and mentors are informed about the programme, roles and expectations during a professional introductory coaching session. During the event or after, the mentee and mentor jointly complete a mentoring agreement, in which the expectations, goals, frequency and location of the meetings are recorded.
The mentoring relationship formally lasts one or two years. After one year, an active, mutual extension is required for the relationship to continue. Shortly before the end of the mentoring relationship, the mentor and the mentee are sent a short questionnaire to evaluate the relationship and the program.
In addition to one-to-one mentoring, the mentoring programme also offers annual networking events at which specific networking skills are taught on the one hand, and very concrete networking opportunities are made possible with various actors from (non-) academic sectors, on the other.
Professionals from (non-) academic sectors who would be interested in acting as mentors can contact the Administrative Office of the Swiss Young Academy by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). An application form will then be sent to the interested person so that the programme coordination has the necessary information for matching the mentee and the mentor.
Mentors at the Swiss Young Academy are given an opportunity to pass on their experience to selected, talented young academics, as well as opportunities for self-reflection and skills enhancement. In addition, mentors are listed on the Swiss Young Academy’s website and are reimbursed for expenses under the programme.