No doubt about it, there’s an art to building an effective mentor-mentee relationship. Seeking out a good mentor for your career growth and actively engaging as a “mentee” are integral to initiating a connection.Since this process is so important to the development of life scientists’ careers, I’ve decided to make this two posts and interview different faculty here at our Institute.
This article is written relating to a question on my blog - what did I find out after I coming out of the school that surprised me the most. I found out what Capitalism is in the real world. 20 years ago, when I moved from China, the highest salary in China was about $10 per month. Regular workers in a factory made about $5 a month. Needless to say, coming out of China, the wage from my first part time job was much better than a month’s work in China. I found Capitalism to be really good, not even close to what I was taught in China.
What’s that? It means deciding on a course of action as you go along, using your own initiative and perceptions rather than a pre-determined plan. From what I’ve been told, the description “fly by the seat of your pants” fell into popular use after Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan flew from Brooklyn to Ireland in 1938. He’d filed a flight plan to go to Long Beach, California a couple of days earlier, but took off to the east and never turned around, landing in Ireland 26 hours later.
After 28 years, in 2008 the Phillies finally clinched the World Series and with it, my attention for the sport. Mind you, I have been watching baseball since I can remember. Having grown up in Venezuela (the second highest source of players for Major League Baseball, thank you very much!), baseball was part of my culture. My father watched baseball every night of the year. I knew the basic rules and enjoyed an afternoon at the ballpark as a very relaxing event. In 2008, though, my interest changed.
I was recently contacted by a recruiter about a job opening. He caught me off-guard (mistake on my part) with the question, “What are your salary expectations?”Like any excellent scientist would do, rather than giving him an answer, I turned his question into another question, “Well, what salary should I be expecting from this position?”Perhaps, the most transparent of the various job sectors for salary information is the federal government. Here is the salary information I have found online and from talking to colleagues at the NIH:
Each and every one of us has been mentored. We have probably experienced both good and bad mentoring and may have even had the opportunity to attempt it ourselves. Most academics do not receive formal training on how to teach or mentor effectively, and yet they are expected to do just that. So how do they learn the skill? What exactly are they mentoring on?A mentee should ideally receive training in 6 main areas according to the National Postdoctoral Association.
In Part 1 about LinkedIn and life scientists, I described a few reasons that life scientists would want to familiarize themselves with LinkedIn and steps you can take to build your profiles.More about leveraging Linked-In groups
Whether or not to relocate is a question that’s very likely to come up in your job search—especially given our current economic shakeup. The job just may not be where you are. But for many people, it seems like a huge risk to pick your life up and move. It’s a fact that relocations are a risk. But who’s to say that it’s not also a risk to stay where you are?