MRS has developed a specialist Mentoring
Scheme to give members access to senior individuals in the research sector for
professional mentoring. The Scheme provides matched members with the support of
an experienced professional who can help you optimise your work and plan your
future. Mentoring is recognised within the MRS CPD scheme.
Created for the research sector, the
scheme is designed in response to demands to equip research professionals with
a new combination of skills for today’s market.
A sector review
by PWC, The Business of Evidence 2016, highlighted how – along with a
comprehensive understanding of the ‘evidence market’ – competences for
researchers must now include business acumen, data analysis, storytelling
skills as well as the ability to be an agile, early adopter.
“My mentor offered me really good advice on
all the topics I brought along to the mentoring sessions and was very
understanding. It really helps at the stage I'm in at the moment of settling
into a new job and trying to adapt and learn.”
Mentee Katheryn Pollock, Customer and Market
Intelligence Manager, GE Healthcare
overview on how it works
The MRS Professional Mentoring Scheme
provides a framework to develop a broader set of competences and interpersonal
skills to fulfil this brief. The mentoring relationship enables research
professionals to review their approaches, optimise their thinking and integrate
both left-brain analysis with right-brain creative thinking.
“We’re all so busy that sometimes we can lose sight of what’s important.
While being a mentor is challenging at times, it’s great to feel that you can
help someone else develop their career and learn something about yourself along
Mentor Fiona McAllister, Managing Director of Beaufort
The scheme is only available for individual
MRS members. The scheme invites members to apply to the scheme and places are
allocated on a number of criteria including prompt application, location,
match, availability of mentors and stage in career.
"With both the PWC report highlighting the
new skills needed for researchers and increasing requests from our members for
more individualised support, we launched the Professional Mentoring Scheme.
Mentoring provides an important tool in the MRS’ suite of CPD, training,
qualifications, as well as on and offline learning. The pilot earlier this year
demonstrated just how effective mentoring relationships are in enabling both
effective personal and professional growth. And what is also heartening is that
Mentors learn from the experience as well."
Jane Frost, Chief Executive of MRS
For more information on how the Mentoring scheme works click here…
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