SENC 2017 Mentor Program
1. Application for participation
Send us to the address CJI@senc.es an short curriculum (2 pages maximum), along with a personal statement (Personal Statement) where you indicate your current situation, what is the problem you face right now, and what do you expect to get from this program. In the personal statement you can also suggest possible mentors for our program, as well as people that you would prefer to exclude (see our list of mentors). The suggestions of mentors can be attended or not (see next point). The exclusion suggestions will always be respected, and will be kept confidential.
2. Mentor assignment
The CJI will evaluate the information received, especially your personal statement, and after consulting with the possible mentors, you will be assigned to a mentor. We will ask you to respect this decision, even if it is not about the person/s you suggested. Your “favorite mentor” may not be available, or may be a that there is better match than you thought for your specific situation.
The relationship with your mentor will only work if there is absolute trust between you. Keep in mind that both you and your mentor may be sharing sensitive, and potentially sensitive information. It is important to establish a relationship of trust and respect, so you can receive the best advice that your mentor can offer. Optionally, in the event that you or your potential mentor requires it, the CJI of the SENC will propose a model of confidentiality agreement, which after the modifications agreed between you, would be signed by both.
The counseling activities that you receive from your mentor will be individualized and will depend on your specific needs. This flexibility is the basis of the program. You can ask for advice on professional alternatives, convenience or not to make another postdoc, request or not a type of project, request it independently or in coordination, etc. These activities may require face-to-face meetings or conversations by telephone/Skype. In some cases your mentor will be in your same city. In other cases you will prefer that this is not the case … Maybe you need regular meetings, or perhaps resolve specific issues. The idea is that you and your mentor establish a personal and professional bond that works for both, and that provides you with tools and guidance to develop your full potential.
5. Mentoring follow-up
Once the relationship between you and your mentor is established, the dynamic will depend completely on you. In any case, the CJI will monitor the program to evaluate its functioning and detect possible problems or aspects to improve. With a periodicity of six months we will ask you individually, you and your mentor, to tell us how the program is being developed, if it is being useful, and if you have found any problems. Of course, you can communicate with us at any time, regardless of these periodic reviews. This follow-up will refer only to the mentoring procedure, not to its content, which will remain confidential between you and your mentor.
6. Terminación de la relación
The relationship with your mentor may be terminated when either of you decides. Naturally, we want the relationship to be profitable and it not end prematurely. Initially we have established a duration of one year (extendable to two, by mutual agreement) of the relationship with your mentor. If all goes well, after this time you probably no longer need to maintain this relationship for your professional perspectives. Or at least, ¡you will not need the structure of the SENC to maintain it!