At TUM, a mentor supports the supervision process during doctoral studies. This means that supervisors can view mentoring as relieving some of the strain on them. Doctoral candidates are free to decide how they wish to arrange the mentoring relationship. Depending on individual and subject-specific requirements, mentoring can enrich the doctoral process in various ways, including the following:
- Subject-specific and professional advice
- Personal coaching
- Support during career planning
- Handling problematic situations
Doctoral candidates must list a mentor in their supervision agreement. The mentor can typically be designated as much as six months after registration in the doctoral candidacy list.
To maximize the benefits of mentoring, it is recommended that doctoral candidates choose a mentor who is not based at their own department. This ensures both independence and diversity in the supervision process.
People from the business sector, society at large or a different scholarly, scientific or research institution can be chosen as mentors. This gives doctoral candidates a fresh perspective on their research and career planning. It also allows them to forge networks early on, which may make it easier for them to embark on a career after completing their degree.