Not sure how to mentor someone? Ask your mentee what they need from you.

Many mentoring relationships have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly ones that relied on regular face-to-face contact.

How did these relationships survive the switch to virtual meetings?

In the third episode of this seven-part Working Scientist podcast series, Julie Gould also explores the challenges of being a mentor beyond those presented by the pandemic.

Alongside the emotional investment and the absence of much formal training in mentoring techniques, there are also logistical and time-management pressures.

Jen Heemstra, a chemist at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, tells Gould: “My role is to be a bit like an athletic coach. I want to help everyone be able to perform at their best. And different people have different modes of motivation.”