All of JMU’s initiatives in the area of staff training and development and, above all, our mentoring and coaching services are aimed at promoting the integration of our staff into professional networks.
Workshops for mentors and mentees allow an opportunity to network with personalities from academia, the business community, culture, and education. Since many researchers in career stages R1and R2 opt for careers outside academia, we encourage our staff to network beyond the academic realm.
Excellent opportunities to do so are provided by inhouse experts, including the University of Würzburg Graduate Schools (UWGS) and JMU’s Service Centre Research and Technology Transfer (SFT). The UWGS have launched initiatives to help early career researchers forge links with industry, and the SFT boasts a broad network of contacts in the business community and civil society for researchers to tap into.
There are two other important partners that help us promote the integration of our researchers into professional networks: JMU’s network of alumni and the JMU Career Center The latter organizes our annual Career Weeks and Job Fairs (as part of the ‘Study & Stay in Bavaria’ initiative, a campaign launched by the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology). These events are a great opportunity for researchers to network and boost their employment prospects. In addition, our faculties organize talks and lecture series that discuss potential career paths for researchers.
JMU also assists researchers in making their work visible and supports their integration into the wider research community by nominating them for awards or prizes or putting them forward as candidates for membership of the Junge Akademie academy for young scientists and scholars. Internal events and institutions that give researchers the opportunity to enhance their professional networks include the Welcome Centre'swelcome reception for new hires and the Siebold-Collegium – Institute for Advanced Studies (SCIAS) SCIAS not only provides housing for internationally renowned researchers in career stages R3 and R4, it also creates a distinguished forum for academic collaborations and debates across borders and disciplines.