Meet Eeleen Tey – a Doctor of Medicine student at the University of Melbourne and a participating mentee in the Dr JuMP Mentoring Program. Eeleen shared with us how mentoring has changed her life, her thoughts on what makes a successful mentoring relationship, plus some great advice for mentoring first-timers! Read all about it and hear more from Eeleen herself below.
What do you think the ‘secret’ is to a good mentoring relationship?!
Trust. Communication is also up there, but I believe trust is even more important as communication may lack when two people inevitably become busy. Trust builds the foundation for a strong genuine connection and desire to help and learn.
What is one way that mentoring has changed your professional or personal life – or for your mentoring match!
I have always had a strong interest in the field of mental health policy and how to roll out mental health change from an institutional level. However, it was only after I met my mentor, Dr Ravi Bhat, that I got an insider’s view on how to effect change. The practical process-oriented perspective I was privileged enough to peek into has informed my understanding of the field and where my future aspirations to make a change would be best placed.
What tips or advice would you like to share with those new to mentoring?
Just give it a go! Lots of people find starting mentoring or continuing mentoring daunting, as well as approach mentors who are established in their field and more senior to them. However, the mentors on Mentorloop are often already self-selected to be people who are willing to teach and guide. The experience will almost always be rewarding!
Hear more from Eeleen herself:
Dr JuMP is a coordinated medical mentoring program for regional Victoria. The program is designed to build valuable mentoring relationships that support all stages of training and professional development.
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