Sarabipour, Sarvenaz; Hainer, Sarah J.; Arslan, Feyza NIST Austria; De Winde, Charlotte M.; Furlong, Emily; Bielczyk, Natalia; Jadavji, Nafisa M.; Shah, Aparna P.; Davla, Sejal
Words of Advice
Mentorship is experience and/or knowledge‐based guidance. Mentors support, sponsor and advocate for mentees. Having one or more mentors when you seek advice can significantly influence and improve your research endeavours, well‐being and career development. Positive mentee–mentor relationships are vital for maintaining work–life balance and success in careers. Early‐career researchers (ECRs), in particular, can benefit from mentorship to navigate challenges in academic and nonacademic life and careers. Yet, strategies for selecting mentors and maintaining interactions with them are often underdiscussed within research environments. In this Words of Advice, we provide recommendations for ECRs to seek and manage mentorship interactions. Our article draws from our experiences as ECRs and published work, to provide suggestions for mentees to proactively promote beneficial mentorship interactions. The recommended practices highlight the importance of identifying mentorship needs, planning and selecting multiple and diverse mentors, setting goals, and maintaining constructive, and mutually beneficial working relationships with mentors.
The authors thank Nicholas Asby of the University of Chicago for valuable comments on an earlier version of this work. A.P.S. was partially supported by the NARSAD Young Investigator Grant 27705. S.J.H was supported by the National Institutes of Health grant R35GM133732.
Sarabipour S, Hainer SJ, Arslan FN, et al. Building and sustaining mentor interactions as a mentee. FEBS Journal. 2021. doi:10.1111/febs.15823
Sarabipour, S., Hainer, S. J., Arslan, F. N., De Winde, C. M., Furlong, E., Bielczyk, N., … Davla, S. (2021). Building and sustaining mentor interactions as a mentee. FEBS Journal. Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1111/febs.15823
Sarabipour, Sarvenaz, Sarah J. Hainer, Feyza N Arslan, Charlotte M. De Winde, Emily Furlong, Natalia Bielczyk, Nafisa M. Jadavji, Aparna P. Shah, and Sejal Davla. “Building and Sustaining Mentor Interactions as a Mentee.” FEBS Journal. Wiley, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1111/febs.15823.
S. Sarabipour et al., “Building and sustaining mentor interactions as a mentee,” FEBS Journal. Wiley, 2021.
Sarabipour S, Hainer SJ, Arslan FN, De Winde CM, Furlong E, Bielczyk N, Jadavji NM, Shah AP, Davla S. 2021. Building and sustaining mentor interactions as a mentee. FEBS Journal.
Sarabipour, Sarvenaz, et al. “Building and Sustaining Mentor Interactions as a Mentee.” FEBS Journal, Wiley, 2021, doi:10.1111/febs.15823.