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Mentors are Made, not Born

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  • Ian Pitchford
    The Scientist Volume 16 | Issue 17 | 54 | Sep. 2, 2002 Mentors are Made, not Born By R. Julian Preston Principal investigators should ideally help equip
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      The Scientist
      Volume 16 | Issue 17 | 54 | Sep. 2, 2002

      Mentors are Made, not Born
      By R. Julian Preston

      Principal investigators should ideally help equip postdoctoral fellows
      for careers, but this advisory role often receives few resources and little
      attention. Nevertheless, the changing nature and stringency of today's job
      market has made the mentor's task more difficult.

      One tool that may help is an Individual Development Plan (IDP), such as
      the one recently developed by the Federation of American Societies for
      Experimental Biology (FASEB) (www.faseb.org/opar/ppp/educ/idp.html). IDPs help
      mentors and their protégés identify both professional development needs and
      career objectives. The concept of IDPs is not new, but there is growing
      realization that they should be incorporated into training practices for
      postdocs.

      Each of the three component words in the IDP provides a measure of the
      value of the plan: Individual emphasizes the need to consider the unique
      training and career goals of each fellow. Development stresses the
      identification of steps needed to achieve the goals. Plan stresses the specific
      steps needed to reach career goals rather than relying on the more traditional
      random walk.

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