Benefits of Professional Mentoring for Women in Academia Affirmed

I just love it when research proves I am on the right track.

“The potential benefits of academic mentoring for women are important,” say researchers who conducted a pilot study at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

Forty-six women academics were matched 1:1 or 2:1 with more senior academic mentors. At the end of a year, job-related well-being (anxiety-contentment), self-esteem and self-efficacy all improved significantly and work-family conflict diminished at one year. The mentees affirmed their professional development was enhanced by their mentorship.

The results show that mentoring can contribute to women’s personal and professional development. The study also begins to demonstrate the mechanisms that bring about those positive results.

The bottom line is professional mentoring will help institutions that want to retain and develop the careers of their academic staff, particularly their women academics.

My experience shows that when you prepares mentors and mentees to be effective in their mentoring partnership, you will boost results even more. Pre-program training sets the mentoring partners up to win.

Click here for the full study Mentoring Pilot Study.

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