The power of mentoring

  • January 28, 2015
The power of mentoring

An expert panel will give advice on how effective mentoring can improve opportunities for career progression at a professional development event next month.

A human rights barrister, a business school professor and a Life Sciences skills officer will give advice on how effective mentoring can improve opportunities for career progression at a professional development event next month.

The Mentorship Panel will be held at 7-8.30pm on 4th February in the Gates Cambridge Common Room and is part of the Gates Professional Development programme. It will focus on a range of issues around career mentoring including how to find high-value mentors, how to develop meaningful relationships with mentors, how to use those relationships fairly and effectively and how to mentor others.

Speakers are:

Charlotte Proudman [pictured], a barrister in human rights law. She has worked for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo where she helped establish the country’s first free legal advice centre. She is now working on a PhD in Political Sociology at the University of Cambridge.

Shailendra Vyakarnam,  Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL). He worked in industry for several years before completing his MBA and PhD. He has combined academic, practitioner and policy interests to provide advice to government agencies and UN agencies in several countries, on the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems, technology commercialisation and entrepreneurship education. He has mentored entrepreneurs and held non-executive directorships of small firms in addition to developing growth programmes for SMEs over several years.

Dr Geraint Wyn Story, Postgraduate Skills Training Officer in Life Sciences at the University of Cambridge. His role involves developing the programme of transferable skills training in the Graduate School of Life Sciences. Before starting his current position in December 2008, Geraint worked for two years as a plant genomics team manager in a biotechnology company on the Cambridge Science Park. He completed his PhD in the Department of Plant Sciences in Cambridge in 2006 and his undergraduate and masters degrees were from the University of Manchester. His recent experiences of science in industry and graduate studies in Cambridge allow him to appreciate the demands that graduate students experience and the skills that a successful researcher needs.

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