Thank you to our mentors

To mark fifteen years of our Mentoring programme, we’ve reached out to some of our mentees to find out about their experiences.

We’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response – from career path changes to support during family crises, our mentors have supported and championed over 700 early career researchers over the last fifteen years. Here, we share some “thank you!” messages sent from our mentees to their mentors…

“I was so fortunate to have the kind, thoughtful and constructive advice you gave me. I was facing a lot of difficult questions about what to do with my career, and found these questions immensely difficult to resolve. Your input as a mentor was invaluable at the time, and the skills you shared with me are ones I continue to use.”

“Our meetings have always been a day to look forward to and a day to look back on and learn from. I am glad I asked for your mentorship and grateful that you accepted. One of the best decisions in my life. There are no words which can describe my gratitude.”

“Thank you so much for your support and wisdom. It has been invaluable to have the external review of my career, led me to become more focused in my research and achieve independence in my work. I leave our sessions feeling positive, motivated and excited for the next steps!”

“To the incredible incurable clinical rationalist, many thanks for your time, patient listening, balanced professional feedback and pointers in the right direction, together equating to an ideal mentor/mentee relationship.”

“I wanted to thank you for the support you have given me during your time as my mentor. The time you spared me was of great value and useful. You made yourself accessible, at a time when you were already taking on a new role. You encouraged open discussion, and self-reflection. Your words to me (where is my next publication coming from?) still ring in my ears, and the 'Sunday evening meetings' you suggested help me structure my week. Thank you!”

“Thank you for your time, your thoughts and your encouragement. You gave me the confidence to write my first book which will be published next year.”

“Thank you for all your sage and impartial advice. It's great to have an experienced map reader when navigating tricky seas (especially when the water gets choppy).”

This article starts a fifteen day social media campaign celebrating our Mentoring programme, follow the Academy on Twitter @acmedsci and check #mentoringat15 for further updates.

For more information about our Mentoring programme, please visit the mentoring pages of our website.

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