|Mentor competencies||Mentor best practices||Mentee competencies|
|Discuss training goals and priorities with your mentees.||Re-visit training goals regularly with your mentee (e.g., annually, or more often if needed).||Discuss training goals with your mentor.|
|Provide career development support by discussing mentees’ professional goals.||Support diverse career directions and outcomes. Offer suggestions, and/or encourage mentee involvement in suitable career exploration activities.||Articulate your career goals, the paths you are considering, and any changes in these directions to your mentor.|
Refer to the Mentoring Resources page for supporting materials and training opportunities.
Postdoc onboarding documents.
- Student and postdoc IDP processes.
Potential pitfalls for mentors
- Not accounting for the ways that a mentee’s goals (for their project, paper, or career) may not align with your goals.
- Dismissing or discounting the value of a career direction chosen by a trainee, either actively or by insinuation.