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The Benefits of Multiple Mentors

Why Stop with Just One Mentor? A mentor can a great resource to help you think through current challenges, manage a career strategy, or just vent frustrations. While research has shown those who have mentors tend to have better career-related outcomes that stem from these mentor functions, it also shows those who receive the greatest benefit have multiple mentors. Some people will have different advisors at different points in their lives, each making a unique contribution. Others, however, actively seek the counsel of more than one mentor at the same point in time. For those whose jobs have a great...
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Mentoring in Practice: Karen Seibert of Pfizer

Mentoring in Practice A conversation with Karen Seibert, Ph.D., Vice President, St. Louis Discovery Site Head, Pfizer Global Research and Development Q. How long have you been at Pfizer and its predecessor companies? A. I’ve been in St. Louis for 15 years. I started at Washington University to do a three year post-doc there with Phil Needleman. Since then, I’ve spent 12 years at the heritage company. I was originally hired by Monsanto’s Searle Pharmaceutical division, which naturally was acquired by Pharmacia, and now Pfizer. I’ve stayed in one place but the company around me has changed quite a bit....
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How Can I Benefit from a Mentor?

by Rik Nemanick, Ph.D. Whether you already know someone whom you would consider a mentor, or you think finding a mentor would help you advance your career, you may not consider the many ways they can learn from a mentor. Mentoring works best for those who are goal driven and understand how they can benefit from what a mentor has to offer. What follows are just a few of the roles a mentor can play for you that you should consider when working with a mentor. 1. A Seasoned Veteran. The first, and most obvious, role a mentor can play...
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Are You Ready to be a Mentor?

Whether intentional or not, many of us will find ourselves in the role of a mentor during some point in our lives. Whether these relationships are more formal (part of a program or from an explicit request for mentoring) or less formal (a relationship that forms slowly over time), we should take a moment to make sure we are ready for the responsibility of helping to guide another’s development. Below are some questions you should ask yourself whenever you find yourself in the mentor’s role.  1. Do you have the time to be a mentor? In order for any relationship...
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