Study Compass: More Equal Opportunities in the Education System

Do you enjoy working with young people and want to contribute to more equal opportunities in the education system? Then maybe becoming a mentor at Studienkompass is the right thing for you! Pass on your experience from your studies or vocational training to young people from families without academic experience. 

Your commitment to equal opportunities: sharing experiences, encouraging and accompanying young people

Become a mentor and pass on your professional, academic or training experience to young people from families without academic experience. Support young people in their study and career orientation and organize regional activities such as company or university visits with your mentoring team.

You are right if you ...

  • ... have fun and possibly previous experience working with young people.
  • ... are ready to accompany young people on their way after high school for 3 years.
  • ... you would like to pass on your experience and knowledge from your studies or profession.

The Study Compass offers you ...

  • ... continuous support for your volunteer work.
  • ... program-specific continuing education.
  • ... a dedicated mentoring team and interesting network.
  • ... certificates for acquired qualifications and for your commitment.

Your tasks in the mentoring team

  • Organize group meetings & excursions
  • Give insights into your studies or profession
  • Design digital & analog workshops
  • Support young people in choosing a field of study or a profession

As a potential mentor, you should ...

  • ... be able to present a current study, a degree or a completed vocational training.
  • ... bring fun and, if applicable, previous experience working with youth.
  • ... have the time and desire to accompany the participants for two to three years.
  • ... have an interest in educational topics and digital teaching and learning formats.
  • ... demonstrate sensitivity to students with family and social risk situations.

Why does the study compass exist?

The Study Compass was created to contribute to more equal opportunities in the education system. In Germany, origin still very much determines which educational path children and young people take. The figures have hardly changed in recent years. The most recent study by the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft) from September 2021 shows that only 24 percent of all non-academic children go on to university. By contrast, 79 percent of the children of academics do so. The imbalance is also evident in the area of education. Children from non-academic and migrant families drop out of education disproportionately often.

What is the Study Compass?

The Study Compass is a support program for high school students that was founded in 2007 on the initiative of the Accenture Foundation, the Deutsche Bank Foundation and the Foundation of German Business. Additional main sponsors are aim - Akademie für Innovative Bildung und Management Heilbronn-Franken, aqtivator gGmbH, the Joachim Herz Foundation, and the Karl Schlecht Foundation. Numerous other partners from business and the foundation sector have joined the initiative in recent years. Through our cooperation with ministries, universities, schools, social initiatives and other support programs, we can build on a large network.