Information for Mentees

Why should you (as an international) student participate in a mentoring initiative?

Gaining competences, especially with regard to employability, is a very important aspect of achieving a bachelor's/master's degree. You have likely undertaken a degree programme because you plan to apply the knowledge acquired from your degree practically, in the context of a job upon graduating.

Why wait until you already have the bachelor's or master's degree in your pocket to seek out practical experience? While undertaking your studies you should deal with the question: What do I want to be when I grow up? What profession, what activity do I want to pursue? Within this context: What can I do during my studies to optimize my preparation for entry to the job market and my career?

In order to answer these questions, Career International offers you, as an international student, the opportunity to receive support from an experienced professional during this phase of career orientation. You can benefit from the person's experience and knowledge, as well as possibly from their work environment, network, etc. Take advantage of this opportunity to broaden your skills and develop yourself. Mentoring offers you opportunities that you can benefit from.

  • Further your own personal development, including

    • increasing competence

    • improving analytical skills

    • better self-assessment/self-awareness

    • greater self-confidence

  • Further development of overarching competencies that will help you in your studies as well as in your professional life
    • critical thinking

    • ability to deal with conflict

    • ability to work in a team

    • social skills

    • professional skills

Additionally, you will learn more about career orientation, learn to realistically assess your options and broaden your horizons. In regards to career planning, you will gain greater clarity about your professional and personal goals and develop your own personal strategies for your career entry. As a rule, mentoring also offers you the opportunity to make contacts that can be helpful to you beyond the mentoring period.

What are the requirements to apply as a mentee?

  • You must be an enrolled student at Trier University or Trier University of Applied Sciences.

  • You are an international student.  

    • The following applies to bachelor's students: You are an international student, do not have German citizenship and did not acquire your higher education entrance qualification (German Abitur equivalent) in Germany.

    • For master's students: You are an international student, do not have German citizenship and did not acquire your higher education entrance qualification (German Abitur equivalent) in Germany. Your Bachelor's degree may have been obtained abroad, but may also have been obtained in Germany.

    • You are in a bachelor's degree programme (in at least the 3rd semester) or a master's degree programme (from the 1st semester) or are in the doctoral phase of your degree.

Which application documents do you have to submit for participation?

The following application documents must be submitted to the project management by the deadline (for details, see the schedule) for the next mentoring group.

  • A letter of motivation in which you explain, 

    • why you would like to participate in the mentoring programme.

    • why you would like to do this at this current time.

    • which topics you would like to discuss with a potential mentor.

    • what goals you would like to achieve within the mentoring framework.

  • a current CV in which you list your contact details, school and degree details, as well as any other training, practical experience, etc. that you have undertaken to date and any skills that you have acquired.

  • a carefully completed Profil-Bogen für Mentees [D] | Application Form for Mentees [EN] (don't forget to sign it!)

What are your responsibilities as a mentee during the mentoring process?

  • Define topics, set goals
    What do you want to achieve? Which path do you want to follow? What do you expect from mentoring and especially from your mentor? Think about this in advance of your application. Formulate your expectations, ideas, and goals.

  • Be proactive
    Don't wait until your mentor approaches you! Make contact on your own initiative. Suggest topics, meetings, ways of working together yourself. The mentor wants to support you - you have to say with what!

  • Be open
    Do you have certain expectations? Do you have ideas, but also concerns, weaknesses? The relationship with your mentor must be characterised by trust and respect on both sides. Communicate problems of understanding, speak openly about your concerns but also be open to the possibility that the mentor has a different point of view, be prepared to both give and receive constructive criticism. It is precisely different perspectives that open the way for creative problem-solving and well-chosen decisions.

  • Be committed and motivated
    You will benefit most from the mentoring initiative and from the support of your mentor if you use the time that is available to you. Do not make demands on mentoring that are unrealistic. Set realistic goals with your mentor, taking small steps at first if necessary. Be committed to achieving the goals you have discussed.

  • Be reliable
    Your mentor will make time for you - despite their busy professional life. Make time for your one-on-one meetings. Prepare for them well in advance and any follow-up afterwards. Stick to agreements and let them know if you are unable to attend a meeting.

    In order to obtain the certificate of completion, you must also prove that you have attended the compulsory events in the framework programme and in the elective area. If there are reasons why you cannot attend an event, please inform the project management.


As an international student, what skills and aspects can you bring to the mentoring partnership?

As an international student, you bring your own life experience, your own culture and thus a very unique perspective to the mentoring partnership. Based on the comparisons that you and your mentor will certainly draw in the course of the discussions, the mentor reflects on their own professional and life experience and gains new impressions, thus broadening their perspective. You as a mentee can increase your knowledge and skills through the comparisons, especially if you are aiming for the German or regional labour market, in order to optimally prepare your career entry here.