As a student in the life sciences field, you’re likely working on a thesis, looking for a future company to start your career with and possibly working at a fellowship. Many schools offer mentorship as part of their life sciences program, and if they don’t – here’s what to do:

  1. Ask your professors. They have their own network of professionals in and outside of the university. From industry-specific professional groups, to old classmates and friends from across the country, they’re bound to have a connection for you.
  2. Reach out to alumni. Your instructors likely have former students making their way out in the world who would be glad to help someone in their own shoes. Ask a professor to make an introduction with an alumnus who might be able to mentor you, or see if you can find the alumni association and reach out.
  3. Research companies in your industry. Many companies are now offering incentives for having mentorship programs because they are so integral to the life science field. Study can take you so far, but hands-on work and the wisdom of a mentor is priceless. Reach out to companies in your field to see if they offer mentorship.
  4. Find professional associations. Search for networks that support professionals in your field, or even do a LinkedIn search for groups that fit your needs. It might be niche, but there’s likely a group somewhere full of members who can help you.

Mentorship has vastly picked up in the sciences, and your school most likely offers an official program to get you started. If you are a new graduate who has never had a mentorship, get in touch with one of our experts to help you with the next step in your career.