Mentoring is essential for PhD students' personal and professional development. In addition to typical mentorship from the PI and the thesis advising committee (TAC), VBC students have access to a pool of postdocs who offer advice, guidance, and insights from the perspective of someone who has been in their shoes not long ago.
The idea is simple:
Postdocs interested in mentoring submit a short bio and get added to an accessible pool on the website.
PhD students browse the website and reach out to a postdoc who fits their needs.
Meetings are arranged informally, frequency is decided by the mentoring pair. Whether you only meet for a one-off coffee, or it turns into a regular thing, it’s entirely up to you! Mentoring can be both scientific and non-scientific. A postdoc mentor can advise on career prospects, support the mentee with day-to-day struggles that accompany a PhD, share experiences as an expat in Austria, or simply give suggestions for the best pizza in Vienna :)
Events: Once a year the Scientific Training Unit organizes a meet-up for all interested participants of the program to mingle, exchange, strengthen old and form new bonds! Watch out for announcements!
The goal is that the mentor-mentee relationship builds confidence and resilience, as mentees gain access to constructive feedback and encouragement. Ultimately, mentoring contributes to the cultivation of a positive and empowered work environment, promoting the exchange of ideas within various spheres of campus-life.
Find your mentor here!