What Can Mentor Match Do For You?

Mentor Match is an online program for SOT members that aims to match mentees with potential mentors who can provide guidance on career path selection, professional development, and life/work balance issues. What can Mentor Match do for you?

Why Be a Mentor?

  • Share your knowledge and experience with others who are actively seeking to learn.
  • You may learn something, too!
  • Give back to SOT and the scientific community.
  • You don’t have to be in a senior or high-level position to be a mentor. Everyone has a different definition of success, and knowledge/wisdom can be gained at every level.
  • You can choose the parameters of your mentorship. Want phone calls every two weeks? Emails once a month? Done.

“We’ve got a responsibility to live up to the legacy of those who came before us by doing all that we can to help those who come after us.”
– Michelle Obama

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
– Attributed to Winston Churchill

 

Why Be a Mentee?

  • At any age or stage in your career, you may need guidance or perspective.
  • Having a mentor means you are open to learning and growth.
  • Mentors are different than bosses; you may be able to be more open about your challenges and concerns without worrying about
    judgment or professional repercussions.
  • You don’t know what you don’t know. (When it comes to your career, usually ignorance is not bliss!)
  • Mentors can help with a variety of issues, including but not limited to:
    • Career path selection
    • Professional development and advancement    
    • Work/life balance
    • Unique challenges, such as dealing with difficult coworkers or feeling overwhelmed
  • Learning from your mentor’s mistakes may help keep you from making them!
  • Mentors may help you find a job, or at least get your foot in the door. (If so, this is a favor
    and should not be an expectation.)

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
– Soren Kierkegaard

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.”
– Auguste Rodin

Visit Mentor Match at any time and log in or sign up with your email address and SOT password. For more information, please contact Kim von Brook.

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