Based on personal frustrations with the lack of strong career mentoring systems in the sciences, I identified the need to compile career resources into one centralized location and to organize activities into a format that can be accomplished on a limited time budget. In July 2012, I founded the Science Mentor website to design a field guide to self-mentoring for the early-career scientist. The blog also aims to engage the public on career, diversity and science education issues.
The main theme of the blog focuses on the concept of self-mentoring—only you can know your true talents, interests and where you want to go in your career. In this self-mentoring process, you learn to surround yourself with a supportive network of mentors and take a proactive approach to your own career development. The resources are out there: you just need to know where to look and gain the confidence to forge forward despite any obstacles in your career path.
All of these career development techniques can be applied at any level from high school to PhD. I hope the blog will develop into a central resource of information for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals at any step of their career. You can follow the progress of the blog project for free and share advice with other readers at ScienceMentor.Me.
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