Mentor/Protege Mixer

This session has a rather different format to what I expected, which is an introduction then three activities: one on research areas, one on career advice, one on community (hobbies/interests).

It’s clear that this is very much focused on the science rather than, say, the provider side, although the talks and sessions don’t completely share this emphasis.

The introductory advice indicates the need for a mentor you like, or more likely multiple mentors for various aspects of a career, that asking questions is important. From a personal perspective, having also looked at coaching (GROW model, etc.) that coaching might also be important here – i.e. encouraging a protege to self-examine and think too. 

With a mentor-protege relationship it is important to ensure there is continued contact, a long-term relationship, not just a one-off engagement.