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Hardik ModyHardik Mody is currently a second year graduate student in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, University of  Georgia, College of Pharmacy.

I am on the brink of completing my two years of graduate studies at The University of Georgia, College of Pharmacy. Being an international student, it was not easy for me to settle down in the intercultural environment of the United States. But, my research advisor has always helped me, not only in my professional advancement but also in my personal life. This has made me realize the importance of a mentor in students’ professional development and in molding our careers.

From learning the tricks of research to developing writing skills, the value of a good mentor is beyond measure. By sharing their insights and knowledge as well as their personal experiences, a mentor can help alleviate much of the stress that graduate students or post-docs experience. A good mentor is the one who can give direction when we are not on the right path, one who can give confidence to persevere when we are about to surrender and who can bring out the best in us.

Similarly, gaining insights from an expert in the industry who can guide us on the pros and cons of a specific career, is profoundly important in achieving professional success. Mentors can aid us in developing our skill set, which is required in the industry and take into consideration in job interviews. They can direct us in applying for various jobs/internships and provide us with knowledge on how to crack personal interviews. With these expectations, I have decided to participate in the AAPS Biotec mentoring program, which is a great initiative by the Biotec section. My mentor answers all of my questions and I hope yours does too.

If you are a mentee, what expectations do you have from your mentor? Also, would you like to share any of your previous experiences as a mentee? If you are a mentor, how can you help in directing one’s career?