The adviser every grad student needs [Link]

An adviser’s role is to mold today’s grad students into tomorrow’s scholars. How can advisers best prepare their students for academic success? And how can grad students ensure they have a fruitful relationship with their advisers? An article at ProfHacker, 5 Tips for Being the Adviser Your Grad Student Needs, looks at five things you can be doing to make the most of your time.

We, your advisees, know that you, our advisors, are beyond busy, stressed, and tired. We’re not asking for more of your time, but for our time to be put to better use. Have a strategy for dealing with us, a set of guiding principles, and we’ll actually take up less of your time, build better professional relationships, and have a greater chance of success in academia.

The article is a year old but the ideas are timeless.  Is there anything this article missed? Advisers, what are you doing to prepare your students for life after grad school? Grad students, what are your mentors doing right? How could they improve? Let’s hear it in the comments.


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