"The university's goal is to give all researchers the opportunity to realise their potential and develop professionally... This applies to early career researchers at postdoc and assistant professor level, established researchers with permanent positions and research directors." So it says in AU's Strategy 2020-2025.
The idea behind the Empower Talent! initiative is - as indicated by the title – to empower talent at AU.
The intention behind the Empower Talent! initiative is to contribute to retaining and developing talent, while also contributing to ensuring diversity and creating an attractive work environment at Aarhus University.
Empower Talent! matches staff at assistant professor level (assistant professor/researcher/post doc) with more experienced colleagues at associate professor level or professor level.
For mentees it is also a prerequisite that there remains at least 10 months of the employment relationship.
“In the period where I have been a mentee, I have become more certain that I want to pursue an academic career, and the possibilities for that have gotten closer.”
“The mentor meetings have been a really good way to reflect over career dreams and goals, and to make some decisions in relation to prioritizing tasks and plans.”
“My mentor has - in addition to his own experiences from academia - a knowledge about talent development and recritment at the university, and I've drawn on that knowledge."
“"It's an advantage to be matched with someone from a different department and faculty, because it means that mentor meetings can do something different than SDD interviews and research supervision.”
“From the perspective of the mentor, it has been very interesting and a strength for the mentor-mentee relationship to talk to someone from a different faculty. I definitely recommend it.”
“It is a strength for AU as an organisation to match mentors and mentees from different faculties. This can contribute to debunking the myth that we are so different”
“Experience with listening and more understanding of the challenges faced by young academics today."
“It’s great to have someone to talk to about the next career step that neither will win or lose directly on giving advice to you.”