Mentoring Advice

Am at a session right now and thought I’d jot down some of the notes about advice for academic success (mainly grads and junior faculty, but some just broad good sense):

* don’t need to have a star advisor to get a good job
* need someone whose style works for you
* take some time to get the lay of the land — find your community (professional and personal)
* you have to find a good mentor who will have your back — find out who will cover for you
* learn to say no when it comes to service: use 24 hour waiting period — “That’s a terrific opportunity, but I have a 24 hour waiting period that lets me think about how that work might fit into my schedule and whether I can commit to it.”
* pick your battles
* find a cohort (outside and inside your department) — and spaces that are lifelines
* develop a thick skin going into teaching in particular
* find a balance
* don’t give up your politics! don’t buy the argument that you have to wait for your first job or for tenure to do what’s politically right

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One response to “Mentoring Advice

  1. thanks for this. i already got that last one down pat!

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