Find a mentor What use is a mentor? Whether you want to discuss career objectives, plan professional development or receive specific advice on everyday personal and professional life. Someone with professional experience can provide support on a wide range of issues. And they are completely impartial. After all, mentoring takes place outside the usual Ph.D. supervisor/Ph.D. student/Ph.D. evaluator/Ph.D. candidate or superior/employee framework. Mentoring can emerge spontaneously through informal relationships or by way of targeted and self-organised network building. In this form, mentoring has always shaped the careers of junior staff. In-house promotion of talent benefits greatly from this potential in mentoring. Institutionally organised mentoring, such as the mentoring programme at the University of St.Gallen, offers professional support in finding a mentor and building a mentoring relationship.