In a mentoring relationship, the mentor shares their knowledge and experience with another person (in this case, a student), with the aim of facilitating their personal and professional development. This one-on-one relationship helps to support a young person during an important period of transition in their life, such as attending university.
The general objective of mentoring is to understand students’ personal needs and connect them with support sources within the university, carrying out the following activities:
- welcoming them as unique individuals and providing a reference point for the student from the moment they enroll at the university.
- listening to their life story and their experiences as a student, and as much as possible helping them to find (and to take responsibility for finding) an equilibrium when challenges arise.
- accompanying the student in the discovery of their own interests and potential.
Specifically, the mentoring service at the University of Gastronomic Sciences will help students with the following aspects of life at university and beyond:
- academic career: study method review, monitoring of syllabus and performance, support in choosing a degree thesis subject, widening of contacts with teachers and experts for further study, etc.
- services: access and functioning of services, access to extracurricular activities, information about class materials and academic regulations, etc.
- interests and employment: analysis of motivations and interests, link with the Career Office for guidance and career advice, etc.
- personal life: guidance and support in regards to personal issues, access to local services (public and private), etc.