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IMC Mentoring Programme continues successful path

The IMC Mentoring Programme was set up by Lisa Staffa (Career Services) and Tina Weiss (Head of Alumni Relations) and is now entering its second year. 28 mentors have volunteered to take on this important voluntary role this time around. The mentors are graduates of the university’s Business and Life Sciences departments, and some of them are taking part for the second time. Alumni who are now based in Boston, New York and Washington were among the participants at the first online kick-off meeting. The fact that the meetings between the mentors and their mentees will have to be held virtually for the time being has not put off any of the participants.

Lisa Staffa

Lisa Staffa from Career Services is organizing the successful IMC Mentoring Program for the second time.

In their guiding roles, the programme mentors help bachelor students from the Business and Life Sciences departments to plan their next career steps. The mentors come from a variety of sectors in which they perform a range of roles, and can draw on up to 25 years of professional experience. Their objective is not to present mentees with ready-made solutions, but to help them make the right individual career choices.

This year, the mentors are making short videos to introduce themselves to their new mentees. In the videos, the mentors talk about their time at IMC Krems, their careers, and what the mentoring programme means to them personally.

Support and guidance for students

Lena Mager is one of the mentors. She graduated from IMC Krems’ Tourism and Leisure Management degree programme in 2014. Lena now lives in Australia, where she works as an events officer at Southern Cross University in Lismore. She talked about what mentoring means for her: “The opportunity to pass on what I know to students. Encouraging them. Giving them advice, and supporting them. Working together on an equal footing to take stock and identify where their focuses lie. And to share our experiences, whether it’s about university or work.”

Sabine Meessen graduated from the Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology degree programme five years ago and is now a PhD research student at University Hospital Ulm. She is also the IMC Alumni Ambassador for the city. New to the programme, Sabine promises the mentees that: “I’ll always be available to talk to, whatever stage you find yourself at. I know that the application processes and the early stages of a new job can be extremely challenging. I had lots of difficulties myself. But I always knew that there was someone who would listen to me, and that’s exactly what I’d like to offer you.”

Christian Lämmerer studied Business Administration and E-Business Management at IMC Krems and is head of the Transformation Lab at VGN Medien Holding. He has lots to offer the mentees: “I can share my experiences as a managing director at Styria Marketing Services. I’ll also be able tell you what’s so interesting and exciting about working in the media. We can talk about that, but also about what it’s like to work at a small company run by its owners like VGN, which is not as big as Styria Marketing. I can also offer you my experience in digital transformation, which is especially important in this field: what you need to look out for, the things to consider in change processes, and how you can develop in this area.”

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