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Would you like to meet colleagues from different faculties and departments in a low-key and engaging way? To share ideas, experiences, and ambitions? And are you curious to know what themes are important to your 'young' colleagues and the University? Then join our activities!


May - Mentor Programme - Will CONTINUE in digital form

31 March - Career & Development Event - POSTPONED due to Corona measures

Career & Development Event

POSTPONED, due to Corona measures, to a future date (yet unknown).

We will provide you with updated information as soon as possible.

“Be the master of your own journey”

On 31 March, YoungRUG will be hosting the fourth edition of the successful Career & Development event! At the USVA, the event will start with a keynote speaker and includes workshops on career path development.

14.30 hrs doors will open, after which YoungRUG will open the event. Keynote speaker is Sander van den Bos, Head of Student Information & Administration, as he will talk about his career at the UG! After a round of workshops, you can join drinks at 17.00 hrs!

Please register here!

Mentor Programme

Do you wish to learn from the experience of others on topics such as life-work balance, career path or stress management (...and many more)? Sign up for the YoungRUG x HR Mentor Programme!

Mentor programme
Last year, the University of Groningen (UG) mentor programme for support staff was set up by YoungRUG in cooperation with HR. The first pilot-year proved to be very successful! Mentor-mentee couples followed an inspirational journey of professional development. Read more about it in this article (in Dutch). A mentor (senior colleague, can be in every sense of the name) provides advice based on his or her own personal experience and expertise. As a junior colleague (when you are relatively new to the job market or new to the UG), you can learn a lot from a mentor and get inspired for your career! 

Online events
To find the perfect match for you, you will arrange professional speeddate sessions online, where you can get to know several mentors. In addition, we will organize an information event (also online), where you will receive more information about the programme and expectations. If you wish to become a mentee, you have to be available for both the information event on 12 May from 16.00 until 17.00 hrs and for three online meetings of 10-15 minutes with potential mentors in the week of 18 May. We hope to continue the mentor programme with physical meetings when the situation allows us to. 

  1. Information event
    12 May, we want to inform you further about what to expect from the mentor programme! You will meet fellow (junior) colleagues, get tips & tricks from HR and will view an enthusiastic presentation from mentor-mentee couple Niels Rambags and Wietske Degen, who participated in the mentor programme last year! The information event will be held from 16.00 until 17.00 hrs. A link to the online meeting will follow after you signed up for the event. 
  2. Speeddate sessions
    Based on the information you provide in the questionnaire when signing up, we will make three potential mentor-mentee matches.. We will inform you about your potential mentors in due time, so that you can set up online meetings (around 10-15 minutes each) with these mentors in the week of 18 May. At the end of that week, we ask you to indicate a top-3 and we will inform you about your perfect match the week after! After the most successful match is made, you and your mentor make appointments to meet each other yourselves. 

Did you get enthusiastic about the mentor programme? And are you available for the information event on 12 May, the speeddate sessions in the week of 18 May and until December for about five coaching sessions with a mentor? The first step is to sign up here before 5 May!

Please note that there is a limited number of mentors and application is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Sign up soon, if you don’t want to miss this great opportunity to get advice from a mentor! 

Finally, because YoungRUG and HR work very hard to ensure a good match between mentors and mentees, be aware that once you sign up for this mentor programme you can no longer cancel your attendance (unless with a very good reason, of course). We will close the sign-up form once the maximum number of mentees has been reached. You can sign up for a waiting list by sending an email to young

We are looking forward to the second cycle of this mentor programme and hope to meet you on 12 May!


--> While you can still sign up as mentee before 5 May, it is no longer possible to sign up as a mentor. For information for mentors, please see below. 

Becoming a mentor
Would you like to share the knowledge and experience that you’ve gained over the years with others? Would you like to get to know your colleagues better and offer them guidance? Then mentorship could be for you! As a mentor, you discuss the challenges that your mentee is facing in their career and you offer advice on the basis of personal experiences. Mentors are always colleagues from a different department than that to which their mentees belong and are one step ahead of their mentees in their career paths.

In 2019, YoungRUG and the HR department began a pilot programme in mentoring for support staff. This was a huge success and this year, we are starting a new round. To this end, we are looking for new mentors.

We expect the following from you as a mentor:

  •   At least five years’ worth of working experience within the UG
  •   A desire to share your own experiences and insights with others
  •   Availability during the workshop for mentors (digitally, in the afternoon on 31 March or 9 April) and during the speed-dating week for three 10-minute-video meetings from 18-22 May
  •   Time for around five meetings with your mentee over the course of half a year
  •   That, together with your mentee, you will take care of the content of your meetings depending on your own needs

We are offering mentors the following:

  •   A workshop on 31 March or 9 April in the afternoon, in which you become acquainted with what the role of a mentor comprises
  •   A speed-dating week from 18-22 May, during which you talk to three potential mentees via video conferencing, for 10 minutes each
  •   Finally, one mentee who you will guide from June to December 2020
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