Mentoring is more than a mentor
Recent work has highlighted the substantial positive impact of multi-dimensional mentoring, particularly a mentoring network, in one’s professional development and overall well-being (SAGE Open 2017; doi.org/10.1177/2158244017710288) (Nat Comm 2022; doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-28667-0). The Women in Soil Ecology (WiSE) network (https://womeninsoilecology.github.io) was born out of a desire to develop mentoring relationships between women from different institutions and career stages – to fill the gaps in traditional faculty–graduate student advising relationships. These gaps included the need for advice and role models in dealing with issues such as harassment and safety in the field and at conferences, work–life balance, navigating family and childcare responsibilities, equal pay and representation, and being a woman in the male-dominated field of soil science (Soil Sci Soc Am J 2019; doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2019.03.0085). Four years and an ongoing pandemic later, our network has grown into much more than we initially envisioned and now connects women with a passion for soil ecology from across the globe.
|Mentoring is more than a mentor
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