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Mentoring is a relationship in which one individual supports another to identify and achieve their professional goals or overcome challenges.

These conversations provide a dedicated space for guided reflection and personal development, and the experience of the mentor can introduce new perspectives.

It can be useful to cultivate relationships with a number of mentors who support you in different ways.

The University’s Personal and Professional Development page on mentoring is full of useful information, including a mentoring guide, workbook, and LinkedIn Learning pathway.

At the Postdoc Academy we run a mentoring scheme which offers individualised formal matching between a postdoc and a mentor. Mentors come from academia, the commercial and enterprise sectors or beyond.

To apply, you must have attended one of our termly training sessions.

 

If you have any questions about mentoring, please get in touch with the team at mentoring.pda@admin.cam.ac.uk.

 

Mentoring training

Our termly training sessions:

  • are essential for anyone who wishes to apply for a mentor through the Postdoc Academy postdoctoral mentoring scheme
  • are open to postdocs who just want to learn more about mentoring
  • provide you with an understanding of mentoring relationships more broadly
  • give you some tools to help you get the most out of any mentors within your professional network
  • and offer alternative resources that you can use in working toward your career or personal goals.

 

Register your interest for one of our training sessions here

 

Postdoc Academy postdoc mentoring scheme

Our scheme focuses on developmental mentoring, where a postdoc and their mentor work together over a 9-month period to create solutions and action plans for successful career progression and personal development.

You will meet one-to-one with your mentor at least 3-5 times over this period - the contents of your meetings are confidential and driven by you, the postdoc.

We will not match you with a mentor from your own department.

You may be matched with a mentor based on how their experience differs from your own and the new perspectives they might bring, rather than on the similarities of your professional experience.

In order to apply for a mentor through our scheme, you must attend one of our training sessions (details above) where you will receive an application form and further details.

Our current round of matching is now closed for applications.

Please register your interest using this form, and we will notify you when the next call for mentees opens.

If you have any questions about the scheme please get in touch with the team at mentoring.pda@admin.cam.ac.uk.

 

Information for prospective mentors

We are always looking to expand our pool of potential mentors to meet the development needs of Cambridge postdocs.

There is a high demand for academic mentors, but we also receive applications from postdocs who are interested in working with mentors from other job sectors.

In addition to our flagship postdoc mentoring scheme, we are looking to offer a range of mentoring-related opportunities, including speed mentoring events and group mentoring.

If you would like to mentor on a one-to-one basis or participate in other mentoring-related activities, please complete this form and we will contact you with further details.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the team at mentoring.pda@admin.cam.ac.uk.

 

1:1 careers support

If you want to talk to a careers consultant about career planning (in academia or beyond), want feedback on an application you're writing, or want help preparing for an upcoming interview, the Postdoc Careers Service are here for you.

They offer two types of one-to-one appointment:

  • Individual 45 minute sessions
  • 20 minute quick queries

 

Book your appointment here.

 

Other networks for finding mentors

As a Cambridge postdoc, you have access to Alumni Careers Connect. This online network of alumni from around the world will allow you to view the career paths of potential mentors and contact them for advice.

You also have access to other networks and schemes that may address your development and networking needs, including: