Reflections on Mentorship

The following are six suggestions on building genuine, lasting and strong relationships in the academic profession. It is written from the point of view of two PhD students who are soon to graduate. The full story was published in University Affairs magazine and can be found here.

  1. Just go for it; that is, step out of your comfort zone and take a risk.
  2. Keep your door open both literally and figuratively. This is a sign that you welcome new conversations, ideas and people.
  3. Nurture relationships. Most successful and honest relationships require continuous attention.
  4. Don’t underestimate the value of food because it is often easier to share thoughts and engage in conversation over meals, beverages and/or desserts.
  5. Be aware of politics. Learning the social climate could help you avoid and mend conflicts.
  6. Mentor others.Ā Mentoring is a continuous process and only works to its fullest potential by sharing and passing along the knowledge we have learned.

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