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Taking Charge and Finding Support: The Power of Self, Mentors and Peers in Graduate School Success. Helenrose Fives AERA 2003, Chicago. It all begins with YOU!. It All Begins with YOU!. What do you want and what do you have to offer? What can you do to help yourself?. Goals Career Goals

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taking charge and finding support the power of self mentors and peers in graduate school success

Taking Charge and Finding Support: The Power of Self, Mentors and Peers in Graduate School Success

Helenrose Fives

AERA 2003, Chicago

it all begins with you1
It All Begins with YOU!
  • What do you want and what do you have to offer?
  • What can you do to help yourself?
what do you want and what do you have to offer
Goals

Career Goals

Training Desired

Independence - Collaboration

Research Interests

Other Goals?

Self Appraisal

Strengths

Weaknesses

Time

Interests

Current Skills & Strategies

What do you want and what do you have to offer?
what can you do to help yourself
What can you do to help yourself?
  • Be visible
  • Develop your own research interests
  • Demonstrate a willingness to work hard
  • Get and stay organized
  • Ask questions
  • Seek out opportunities
  • Plan time for fun - it makes work easier
a mentor makes the difference
A Mentor Makes the Difference
  • What’s a good mentor for you?
  • What are the expectations?
  • How do you establish independence?
  • What do you do when the relationship doesn’t work?
what s a good mentor for you
What’s a good mentor for you?
  • Shared Interests
  • Role Model
  • Work Style
  • Collaboration Opportunities
  • Interpersonal Dynamics
what are the expectations
What are the expectations?

Students should:

  • Respect the mentor’s time
  • Join and become active in the community
  • Keep mentor apprised of progress
  • Send post meeting summaries to mentor
  • Ask questions
  • Be proactive

Mentors should:

  • Be Available
  • Introduce you to the community of practice
  • Support your developing scholarship
  • Offer opportunities for collaboration
  • Model professionalism and integrity
  • Be supportive
how do you establish independence
How do you establish independence?
  • Be selective in continuing collaborations
  • Seek other opportunities
    • Develop relationships with other faculty members
    • Invite peers and new colleagues to work with you
what do you do when the relationship doesn t work
What do you do when the relationship doesn’t work?
  • Why
    • Poor research fit
    • Different expectations, interpersonal discord
  • When
    • The sooner the better
    • Best within the first year
  • How
    • Try to work out problems first
    • Seek advice - is changing the best plan?
    • Remain professional at all times
    • Before leaving, find another mentor
the purpose of peers
The Purpose of Peers
  • What roles can peers play?
  • What do you need from peer colleagues or collaborators?
  • How can you establish a peer network?
what roles can peers play
What roles can peers play?
  • Social support
  • Socialization
  • Collaborators
  • Colleagues
what do you need from peer colleagues and collaborators
Collaborators

Common research interests

Similar working styles

Similar work ethic

Open communication

Freedom to disagree

Commitment to get the job done

What do you need from peer colleagues and collaborators?

Colleagues

  • General interests in common
  • Mutual respect
  • Freedom of expression
  • Challenging discourse
  • Opportunities for learning and growth
where can you find them
Where can you find them?
  • Locally
    • Department
    • College
    • University
  • Mentor network
    • Previous students of your mentor
    • The students of your mentor’s students
  • Nationally
    • Conferences
    • Web sites and Email
final thoughts
Final thoughts...
  • You are your best resource
  • A good mentor-student relationship is critical for professional success
  • A shared graduate student experience makes a difference
  • When you enter into a graduate program you become part of a community of practice
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