Mentoring for postdoctoral researchers

What is mentoring?

"Mentoring is an interpersonal activity to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they maximize their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be" (Oxford School of Coaching and Mentoring)

The aim of mentoring is to assist you in preparing and planning your future career options in or beyond academe.

The primary focus is on building relationships, sharing experiences, boosting the competencies and confidence of the mentee, finding network opportunities ...

A mentor serves as a sounding board for the mentee's questions.

  • Development approach: encourage people to think more carefully about their personal ambitions and professional goals
  • Person-centered: one-to-one supportive relationship
  • Confidential: based on mutual trust (all information shared is kept confidential) and respect
  • Mentee-driven: the mentee takes the initiative and sets the agenda

Mentoring at Ghent University

There are 2 mentoring 'tracks' exclusively targeted at postdoctoral researchers:

  • MenZa: academic mentoring (aiming towards a professorship)
  • MenTa: mentoring beyond academe (exploring careers on the external labour market)

Interesting reading


MenZa: Jasmien Van Daele - Inge Vanheule (Career Development Office)

MenTa: Nele Bracke - Dieter De Bruyn - Katrien De Gelder (Doctoral Schools Coordination Office)