The SUPPORT project at Freie Universität Berlin is receiving just under 11 million euros in funding from the Qualitätspakt Lehre (Quality Pact for Teaching). Three project emphases help place the focus more on studying and teaching activities and provide long-term skills, training, and support to students and instructors:
The Career Service is involved in both the design of the mentoring program and in the “train – Support for instructors” project through its activities involving overarching events and training for mentoring and tutoring.
Jan 01, 2017 — Jul 31, 2020
In the mentoring program at Freie Universität Berlin, experienced students (mentors) support a group of beginning students (mentees) through their first two semesters, helping them to plan their studies, network with one another, and develop study and work strategies. Mentors receive intensive preparation for this role through the mentoring training activities offered by the Career Service. Topics include basic skills in teaching at the university level, methodological know-how, and communication and advising strategies. Mentors learn how to do the following: present content in an organized way and explain matters in an understandable manner, spark interest and motivate others, use methods and media productively, steer discussion processes efficiently, e.g., by asking good questions, deal with disruptions, issues, and blocks within the group and in the case of individuals, and plan mentoring sessions in terms of content and methodology.
Jan 01, 2017 — Jul 31, 2020
Transitional phases such as moving from a bachelor’s to a master’s degree program or from studying to professional life present a challenge to many students. With this in mind, the Freie Universität Berlin Career Service provides support through its project “Overarching Events in the Mentoring Program” in addition to its open course offerings, helping the departments – and especially the mentoring units – to organize and hold events with a focus on real-world practice, with subjects such as personal skills, applying for positions, and positioning on the labor market. These activities are based on the idea of supporting students throughout their studies. The project is financed through the SUPPORT program, which is aimed at improving study conditions and instruction at Freie Universität. In the run-up to the project, a study was conducted to ask students about their specific wishes and needs. Law students, for example, are especially interested in services centering on study strategies, while students of the humanities and social sciences want more support with scholarly work and business students would like to have tips for preparing for the phase around completing their study programs. Students from all departments have one thing in common: the need for information on the labor market and career opportunities. Subject-specific events are held to offer insight into suitable professional fields to meet these needs.