Simply stated, you need a mentor because it will help you attain academic success. From career guidance to insights about navigating the UNMC culture, mentors serve an invaluable role in your success. Plus, in addition to gaining an available confidant, mentors can increase your personal satisfaction and provide assistance in preparing for rank advancement and leadership roles. In fact, you may want to consider having more than one mentor, as it is beneficial in bringing diverse perspectives and advice.
The keys to a successful mentoring relationship include:
- Mutual respect and understanding
- Meeting on a regular schedule
- Establishing clear goals and expectations
- Measuring outcomes
- Keeping discussions confidential — with no feedback being given to supervisors or department chairs