Good mentors will take an interest in the personal and professional lives of those they mentor and keep communication open, writes Shikha Jain Goodwin, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis VA Medical Center. Those being mentored should respect their mentor's time and come up with clear common goals for the relationship, Goodwin suggests.
It doesn't pay to focus too much on salary considerations when your benefits package often comprises about 30% of your overall compensation. Instead, take into account the medical insurance, paid time off and retirement benefits being offered, writes Susannah Snider.
A national survey found only 40% of female postdoctoral students who were pregnant asked for pregnancy accommodations from their institutions, even though 93% were granted. Postdocs say their hesitancy stems from a lack of family-friendly policies and research pressures in their departments.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos this week suggested scrapping the Higher Education Act of 1965 during a speech to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Senate education committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., says reauthorization of the act is a top priority for him, but DeVos said, "Real change is needed."
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says errors, complicated rules and bad information from FedLoan Servicing are making it difficult for participants in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The program, started in 2007 to forgive debts of students who entered public service, has received thousands of complaints and the Trump administration is considering ending it.
Mental toughness means thinking of challenges as opportunities to overcome, writes LaRae Quy, who lists seven ways of thinking to get away from. Don't pretend pain or negativity can be avoided, or that emotions can't surface, and don't pretend you're nothing but a victim, she writes.
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