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Informal Mentoring - UPA 2012 - Susan Mercer


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Senior Experience Researcher, Susan Mercer, shares her perspective on informal mentoring at UPA International 2012. Her full video presentation is also available at

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Informal Mentoring - UPA 2012 - Susan Mercer

  1. 1. Informal MentoringSusan MercerSr. Experience
  2. 2. What do I know?๏ Had some great mentors๏ Been a mentor๏ Mentoring is in my blood
  3. 3. It doesn’t have to be formal
  4. 4. It can be informal
  5. 5. It’s a Relationship
  6. 6. It needs work like a garden…
  7. 7. …to look like a garden
  8. 8. It takes someone to start it๏ Seek out someone๏ Ask for advice๏ Don’t be afraid
  9. 9. Who makes a good mentor?
  10. 10. Who makes a good mentor?
  11. 11. Who makes a good mentor?
  12. 12. Who makes a good mentor?
  13. 13. Who makes a good mentee?
  14. 14. Who makes a good mentee?
  15. 15. Who makes a good mentee?
  16. 16. Who makes a good mentee?
  17. 17. What should I do? (mentors)๏ Be open and approachable๏ Talk to new people in the field๏ Be friendly and encouraging
  18. 18. What should I do? (mentees)๏ Take control๏ Don’t be afraid to ask
  19. 19. Remember: It is give and take
  20. 20. Thank You!Photo Credits:Slide 2: flickr: DougtoneSlide 3: , flickr: bunchofpants, flickr: waderSlide 4: flickr:ClintJCL, flickr: john.hayesSlide 5: flickr: Dan Goorevitch, flickr: marinovillatoro, flickr: ekelly89, flickr: Ed YourdonSlide 6: flickr: jaredb, flickr:, flickr: Brenda AndersonSlide 7: flickr: Lorie Nolte, flickr: sunsets_for_you, flickr: Clopin clopant, flickr: live w mcsSlide 8: flickr: stephendepoloSlide 9: flickr: jamehand, flickr: Charles & HudsonSlide 10: flickr: CIMMYT, flickr: CIMMYTSlide 11: flickr: Be the Change, Inc. , flickr: CSUF PhotosSlide 12: flickr: exDigitaSlide 13: flickr: Be the Change, Inc., flickr:Slide 14: flickr: Argonne National Laboratory, flickr: Office of Governor PatrickSlide 15: flickr: Argonne National LaboratorySlide 16: flickr: Lafayette College, flickr: Lafayette CollegeSlide 17: flickr: BernzillaSlide 18: flickr: jerome.saint-clairSlide 19: flickr: Your Secret Admiral, flickr: Brice Foto, flickr: Nederlands UITburoSlide 20: flickr: sweetjessie