One of the things that has struck me in my experience with the Cocoon's job-market mentoring program is that some grad students and recent PhDs appear to receive comparatively little job-market mentoring from their graduate programs. Accordingly, I think it may be helpful to open up a discussion on what grad programs are doing and not doing--so that we can perhaps see:
- What is "standard"/"normal" [i.e. what kind of job-market mentoring do grad programs generally provide?].
- What programs with particularly strong job-mentoring do.
- Respects in which some programs fall short on mentoring, compared to other programs.
My hope is that an open discussion of these topics might lead programs with substandard mentoring to see what other programs are doing, and what they ["undermentored" programs] could do better--as I tend to think that everyone on the market should have good mentoring [you know, fairness and all].
Before I open things up with a few prompts, I want to be clear about what this thread is not about. The Cocoon, as a safe and supportive online forum, is not a place to "out" graduate programs with poor mentoring practices. Comments to that effect will not be approved. Rather, I ask that willing readers can share a bit about what their grad programs do/don't do in a way that preserves graduate program "anonymity."
With that in mind [preserving program anonymity], here are a few questions for you all:
- What kind of job-market mentoring does your graduate program actually provide? [placement director?, mock interviews?, job-market materials development groups?, etc.]
- Where do you think your program succeeds in terms of job-market mentoring? [i.e. what does your program do that you think works well?]
- Where do you think your program could use improvement?