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WIT Mentoring

Applications for Mentoring Programme 2020

The Women In Technology community is delighted to announce the launch of a new mentoring exercise in 2020.

An Informative Meeting is now scheduled on Friday 6th March at 13h. More details in Indico.

The Timeline for 2020 is the following:

  • February 2020: Call for mentors
  • March 2020: Call for mentees. Application is now closed.
  • April 2020:
    • Mentee selection
    • Mentor-Mentee matching
    • Kick-off meeting
  • May to December 2020: Mentoring exercise
  • January 2021: Survey to the participants

What is the WIT Mentoring Programme

The mentor is generally more experienced than the mentee and often in the same or similar field. The idea is to create a natural, safe, confidential space where issues can be discussed, guidance or a sounding-board can be offered, and where people can learn from someone else's experience who is further down a particular path. This can help develop links and ideas that otherwise might not have happened. It's an opportunity to develop communication skills, expand your viewpoints, and consider new ways of approaching situations.

As a mentee, you choose your own goals for this program. Anything can be discussed, from work/life balance, personnel issues relating to work, to specific "navigating CERN" acumen; WIT aims to help match the mentors and mentees based on who could best help achieve the goals.

For mentees, some key benefits of mentoring might include:

  • developing knowledge and skills
  • improving communication skills
  • getting valuable advice
  • guidance on professional development

As a mentor, you can help people to think and explore situations, while sharing ideas to find the best way forward on particular issues. You can help the mentee reflect on options, based on your experience. You will also gain insight into how CERN and its development is perceived by the next generation. 

Becoming a mentor can enrich your life on a personal and professional level by helping you:

  • gain fresh perspectives and ideas
  • communicate more effectively
  • develop your leadership skills
  • gain personal sense of satisfaction of sharing your skills

While the mentoring programme remains informal, the relationship between mentor and mentee requires commitment from both parties to exchange ideas, discuss progress and set goals for further development.


“The experience as a mentee not only encouraged me to pursue a scientific career, but gave me practical advice and tools in hand to handle difficult situations and successfully increase my visibility in the community. "
Coralie Neubüser, ATLAS Physicist
"Mentoring, for me, is about making one's own experience available to others, being there as a sounding board for them to sound out their own ideas and helping them to decode the environment in order to make the best possible choices"
Sudeshna Datta-Cockerill, Former CERN Ombudsperson

"I found out about the mentoring program only last year, and I volunteered straight away. The experience was fulfilling and really rewarding. I realised that over the years, I have accumulated lots of knowledge as well as understanding of interpersonal relationships that are worth sharing. It is much more than women supporting women, it is about creating bounds and supporting each other as members of a community. "

“Amazing opportunity to grow, develop your full potential and acquire control over the direction of your career.”

"I’ve been part of the mentoring program since the beginning, two years ago. This was the opportunity for me to meet outstanding people I would not have met otherwise, to share our respective experiences. I learnt a lot from them, about team work, motivation, work-life balance and more. I hope that what they grabbed from my vision and knowledge about the laboratory will be useful to them in their career, here or outside."


For more information about mentoring, please check, the following resources:


Our Data Privacy Statement regarding Application for Mentoring can be found here