What does being a mentor/mentee mean?

Being a Mentor

Mentors should be in a position to offer:

  • insights and share their experiences on matters such as career planning and job
  • on establishing networks and collaborations with other scientists and clinicians, >on the management of students and staff.

They should be able to give guidance:

  • on personal development
  • on leadership
  • on managing change
  • on achieving the right balance between research and clinical work, and between work and the rest of life.

They can:

  • act as a sounding board for whatever ideas or plans mentees may have
  • help them think through the pros and cons of whatever they are contemplating

Experience shows that they can be particularly valuable in helping mentees through
significant transitions such as choosing and taking up a new job. And, more generally, they can offer support and encouragement.

Being a Mentee

For most medical researchers, a mentoring scheme will be one element in a diverse portfolio of support:

  • Formal mentoring - normally available through some deaneries, funders and universities.
  • Informal mentoring - support and advice, typically delivered on an ad hoc basis, perhaps over a long period of time, by colleagues, supervisors or other contacts.
  • 'Spot' mentoring - one-off conversations, probably with senior academics, perhaps at an Academy event.
  • Peer mentoring - a small group of individuals at a similar career stage, meeting regularly to support one another. To be most effective, clear agreement is required on the aims and limits of the process.

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