What does 'mentor' mean?
One definition among various others by Bozeman, Freeney (2007)*: "Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and the psychosocial support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional development; mentoring ... [is] between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to have less (the mentee)".
In which way does a mentor / a mentee get selected for me?
We take all the information you are stating into close consideration and try to find the best suitable counterpart for you. Nevertheless, we can not guarantee you to get a mentoring relation. Some patience might also be necessary until a person is found. Meaning, you might not get a response immediately after you hand in your enquiry. The following two principles get applied as guidelines when a mentoring connection is established: The mentor is, compared to the mentee, usually one or more phases ahead in life (e.g. the high school student gets connected to a university student or a young working person, a young wife gets connected to a experienced mother etc). And the mentoring relations we connect are on a woman-woman respectively man-man basis.
I can't believe this is free of charge. Are you serious?
Yes, we are serious! No charge now or ever. We as university students from various academic fields, each of us with working experience in several countries, got excited about possibilities which arose out of mentoring relations. Wisdom and experience shared in a trustful surrounding build fertile soil for a perfect learning environment - outside of a classroom and beyond any stated curriculum.
What do I need to take care of?
All you need to take care of is your internet connection and a functioning Skype version on your device with a registered account, see Skype.com (the free version is fully sufficient). Further on, by using our service you acknowledge that we can not grant you any warranty and liability for our service as well as the unlimited and permanent availability of the project. Any accusable, sexual and / or violently offending behaviour, as well as political radical statement in any kind is strictly prohibited by applicable law. If you are confronted with any kind of questionable content inform us immediately! Please remember: a service like ours does not protect you from negative intentions. Be as careful and wise as you are in any other relation to people you are just beginning to get to know.
*Bozeman, B.; Feeney, M. K. (October 2007). "Toward a useful theory of mentoring: A conceptual analysis and critique". Administration & Society 39 (6): 719–739. doi:10.1177/0095399707304119.