BIHS Mentoring Scheme
The BIHS Mentoring scheme aims at attracting, retaining and supporting the development of YIs from clinical, nursing and research backgrounds within the society. The scheme will facilitate new relationships between young investigators and senior members of the BIHS who can provide independent career-development advice. Specifically:
- Through sharing of experience, support and guidance of a senior member of the Society, therefore strengthening relationships between senior and junior members
- Provision of opportunities to build inter-institutional relationships
- Strengthening sharing of skills within the field of Hypertension
To be eligible to use the scheme, you must be a current BIHS member and eligible to be part of the YI network (e.g. undergraduate or postgraduate student, or employed in a training-grade post up to specialist registrar level, or an early career researcher in a postdoctoral or lecturer position).
The mentoring scheme works in the following way:
- Register your interest with the BIHS secretariat by completing the Mentee Profile Form (available on the members area).
- The BIHS secretariat will send you a list of participating mentor profiles.
- Select your chosen mentor and contact them individually, sending them your profile.
- Once a mentoring relationship has been agreed, you should discuss expectations and goals, using the general guidelines provided, and inform the BIHS secretariat.
- Enjoy a fruitful relationship and successful career in Hypertension Research!
My Experience of being a Mentee
I started having a mentor just as I was transitioning from a postdoc researcher to a Lecturer. At this key stage, having set times during mentoring meetings devoted to discussing my personal career development was really helpful. We are all so busy with our research that without time set aside for mentoring, these discussions never get prioritised otherwise. After just over a year of mentoring I feel more positive and the focus on reflection, review, self-evaluation and forward-planning has been really valuable. My mentor has been really supportive and encouraging and so keen to listen to my reflections, news, plans and ideas. Talking out loud with a mentor 1-to-1 is great, as they always say, it is good to talk! I would recommend others in their early career to find a mentor too.
Dr Helen Warren, PhD, Lecturer at QMUL & BIHS Young Investigator Network Committee Member