Being a Mentee and Establishing a Developmental Network Presentation offers strategies for new graduate students about how to be an excellent mentee. The benefits of mentoring relationships are outlined and the types of support that mentors can provide are shared. The concept of developmental networks is also introduced, followed by tips for establishing a network during the first year and how to grow and maintain a network throughout graduate school.
Tips for getting the most out of your graduate experience:
1. Make it a priority to develop relationships with faculty. Talk with faculty during and outside of class. Get to know faculty member’s work through the university website, Academia.edu, Researchgate.com, Twitter, and/or Facebook.
2. Stay up to date with educational news, policy, and research by reading key resources on a daily basis including the Chronicle of Higher Education and educational organizations related to your professional and research interests.
3. Join and become involved with major professional (e.g., AACC, NASPA, AIR) and research (CSCC, AERA, ASHE) organizations as a graduate student member.
4. Meet with your faculty advisor on a regular basis to get feedback and advice on your progress and goals. Come prepared to the meeting with specific questions or ideas to share.
5. Develop a curriculum vita (CV) and update it regularly. Be intentional in seeking out opportunities that will add to key aspects of your vita that will prepare you for your next position.
6. Focus on learning rather than grades. This is especially true in research methods classes that prepare you to complete your exam and dissertation.
7. Expect and welcome constructive feedback about your writing throughout your coursework and dissertation.
8. Seek out opportunities to share your work and ideas. Ask for help from faculty in submitting papers that you write for class to conferences and peer-reviewed journals. Collaborate with other graduate students.
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