Meet the Mentors
These are the currently-available mentors on the AQR mentoring scheme. If you are an AQR member and interested in the scheme, then have a look at the profiles of our available mentors to see if some of them sound as though they have the appropriate experience for the current challenge that you are facing.
Mentoring covers amongst many things:Understanding a mentees hopes and dreams for their career (and maybe for other aspects of life). Helping them to clear their thoughts, reflect on their actions and shape their plans. Giving them the confidence to see the right way forward for them. Its been a very rewarding experience for me so far and has just served to emphasise how much I enjoy the work of a qualitative researcher, how lucky I am still to be working with such an interesting and diverse range of people and how my own career plan was never more than oh thats sounds interesting, maybe I should do that....
Alison currently has a full complement of members using the mentoring service and is unable to take on further members at this time.
Throughout his career Geoff has been constantly impressed by the calibre, commitment and insight of fellow researchers, senior colleagues and trainees alike. The role of mentor is a unique in the way it combines his research experience and life coaching expertise. Whilst every situation has its unique aspects, there are also many shared characteristics in the issues revealed and steps to take to move forward. The AQR mentoring scheme creates the opportunity for him to offer support to researchers, not only to realise their talents, but also the role of a detached sounding board reveals fresh perspectives on the challenges and frustrations people face.
Gerald is a trained business and personal coach and applies these skills to the mentoring scheme. It's all about helping people to identify what they really want to achieve, identify how they might best go about achieving this, and then working with them as appropriate to keep on track. It's really about focused listening and sympathetic encouragement - the answers come from the client, not the mentor!
Kate has been involved in mentoring at Discovery for a number of years and is also now a mentor on the AQR Mentoring Service to help and support others at a wider level within the research industry. She has personally faced (and helped colleagues with) many different challenges throughout her career and feels she is in a good position to support others through the issues that they encounter professionally - whether big or small.
She had two great mentors in the early years of her career - neither of which actually worked in the same agency as her. They were qual freelancers with heaps of experience, had the time to offer a different perspective and gave her the opportunity to use them as a sounding board in various aspects of her career development. Having benefited greatly from that early mentoring experience, Kate has now volunteered to become a mentor with the AQR
Since being on the board, Kat has had access to a wealth of experienced and inspiring researchers, who have become her unofficial mentors (and one who made it official). As a result, she has experienced first hand how powerful it can be to have guidance, advice and a friendly ear from an impartial peer. She now wants to do the same for others! Shes passionate about people and loves to help young researchers feel happy with themselves and their careers (as she can vividly remember what its like!). She set up AQRs Breakfast Bites to tackle the tricky little issues we come across in research and takes the same approach to mentoring. As a mentor shell listen, reflect and provide tips and tricks to help you push forwards. But mostly, shell care.
Her experience so far has focused on researchers who are relatively new to the industry. Her aim is to help them develop professionally and to get the most out of the weird and wonderful career choice that is qualitative research!
Kathryn currently has a full complement of members using the mentoring service and is unable to take on further members at this time.
Kat joined the MR industry as a graduate fresh out of uni, starting at the very bottom of the ladder; over the years pastoral care has become instrumental in her role at RDSi and led to her involvement in the AQR mentoring scheme. Kat has experience in mentoring new entrants into the industry; helping them find their feet and deal with the face paced, demanding life of a qualie. Listening is an art but when done well helps people to learn and discover the answers themselves; this is what Kat aims to achieve via her mentoring.
Throughout a long career in qualitative research, she has been trying to understand why people make the decisions that they do and what it is about work which is genuinely satisfying. She has hired and trained young researchers, led research partnerships and in recent years introduced a number of younger clients to qualitative research. In this people-centred business environment, much time has been given to talking over peoples' careers; how they feel, where they are frustrated, what they are hoping for, what they might do. Susie would like to continue this within the AQR Mentoring Scheme.'
Because of Trishs HR background, she has been one of the driving forces behind the AQR mentoring scheme. She has masses of mentoring experience across a range of situations from helping new entrants to cope with the stresses and strains of qualitative life; to exploring what next career move should be; to diversifying and developing a new business strategy. Trish is a northern pragmatist, wholl listen, question, and help you come to your own conclusions.
Taking the first step
We understand that this first step might sound a bit daunting but you only have to send them an email to start the conversation. Confidentiality starts at this very moment regardless or not if the relationship goes ahead. Once you have found a match, and you do go ahead with a mentor a contract is signed and the AQR is notified. Then it is up to you as the mentee to drive the relationship in the way that suits your needs and schedule.