SGSSS Career Pathways Mentoring Programme
The Career Pathways Mentoring Scheme pairs PhD researchers with PhD alumni who have gone on to work in the public, private or non-profit sector. The aim is to connect current researchers with a mentor who has experience in a sector that they would be interested in working in after their PhD, to develop sector knowledge and an understanding of the skills that are required to succeed in that sector.
Mentor & mentee applications will be available from 9th October – 8th November 2023.
The mentoring programme is designed to:
- Enable current PhD researchers to understand the drivers and culture of a sector that they are interested in out with academia (public, private or non-profit sector);
- Enable current PhD researchers to understand the skills, knowledge or experiences required to succeed on a career pathway out with academia;
- Define a mentoring skill set and build a culture of ethical professional practice in mentoring for the PhD alumni community;
- It should be noted that each mentee will have the opportunity to set and work towards their own objectives for mentoring.
Mentors and Mentees
- SGSSS Mentees: This opportunity is open to all social science researchers at SGSSS in their second or final year of their PhD partner universities. Students need to demonstrate in an application how this programme will support their personal and professional development, in particular in relation to careers outside of academia.
- Mentors: All the mentors are PhD graduates. They will have experience working in or with the private, public and third sectors, and therefore have direct experience of both academic and non-academic sectors career pathways and environments. They have volunteered their time to support current SGSSS PhD researchers.
SGSSS will invite applications from PhD students who would like to participate in the programme and will then match mentors to mentees based on their mutual interests and career aspirations, and facilitate introductions.
The programme will launch with an in person welcome event. The Launch Event will take place in person at the Royal Society of Edinburgh – details to be confirmed closer to the time. The event will introduce mentors and mentees to the programme, and give you space for an introductory discussion.
After the launch event, we propose a minimum of 4 meetings of one hour each over a period of 6 months’ time:
- Introduction and negotiation of the relationship (Meeting 1)
- Mentee’s career aspirations, challenges and opportunities (Meeting 2)
- Careers exploration, industry insights (Meeting 3)
- Career planning, CV reviews, interviews tips based on mentor’s experience (meeting 4)
Monitoring and evaluation
The SGSSS team will be in touch regularly to hear how the experience is going and help to make it even better through the following mechanisms:
– check-in email, after the first month
– social virtual event, after 3 months
– informal focus groups and programme evaluation survey at the end of the programme
Measures of success
- Mentees’ career awareness is enhanced through increased opportunities for exploring career pathways outside of academia, exposure to different ways of adopting research thinking, methodologies and approaches within non-academic contexts, and developing networks and careers advice,
- Mentees feel engaged in their own professional development through being able to negotiate the terms of their mentoring needs with their mentor as the relationship develops.
- Mentors feel they are contributing to the professional development of the future workforce and nurturing leadership talent.
- Mentors and mentees have a deeper understanding of each other’s worlds.
The successful mentees will be matched with a mentor in December and the programme begins with a compulsory launch event. The Launch Event will take place in person at the Royal Society of Edinburgh – details to be confirmed closer to the time.
For any questions, please contact the Programme Coordinator, Kelly Barbour – email@example.com.