What is mentoring?

Mentoring allows and organizes a dialogue between two people, a mentee and a mentor. It aims at helping the mentee in his/her work environment, around professional aspects, but can also address other aspects, particularly related to individual development. Mentoring is designed to be flexible and to accommodate the needs of the mentee.

Topics covered in mentoring can be extremely diverse, and include, but are not limited to: working environment, professional project, communication on scientific results, work-life balance, work organization, health in the workplace, career evolution etc. Mentoring can also provide a framework for discussion on a wide variety of topics such as: human conflicts, lack of motivation at work, low self-esteem, lack of recognition etc. It also allows to address more technical and strictly professional topics such as: filing forms, preparing for oral presentations, setting up projects.

The modalities of the mentoring dialogue are plural and depend on the mentee's needs. In particular, the duration of a mentorship can vary greatly, from a few months to a few years, and depends a lot on the type of situations addressed. In the context of a thesis, for example, it can be spread out over the duration of the thesis.

Who is it for?

The IRIF mentoring program is open to all IRIF members who wish to benefit from it. It specifically targets people who are facing new situations: newcomers to the laboratory, within the framework of their new job positions, members already present in the laboratory who evolve in their functions or their responsibilities. This includes in particular:

  • PhD and post-docs students
  • New IRIF permanent members (new researchers - new lecturers - new professors) especially if they come from abroad
  • New thematic team leaders