Another feature of this blog is bringing you advice and perspectives from people who mentor, by answering 3 questions.
Here are Anita Gibson's responses:
What are mentees looking for?
A sense of different paths one can take in international health and strategies to reach both personal and professional goals.
What 1 piece of advice do you give every mentee you work with?
Solid field experience is invaluable. Learning how to work effectively with multiple stakeholders and colleagues with varying world views is not straightforward. These skills come with experience - particularly field experience.
Why are you interested in mentoring?
Admittedly, I haven't sought out mentoring opportunities; rather, I sort of fell into them, particularly with more junior colleagues with whom I work. After years of advancing my career while raising a family in the US and overseas, I find that colleagues are quite interested in how to achieve both job satisfaction and work-life balance. I certainly don't have all of the answers but am encouraged if my experience and perspective can help others assess and pursue their interests and priorities.