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Supervisor types: which one is your match?

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Make sure an absent supervisor is not an unreliable one... Disadvantages: may not be there when you need them... Also, frequent absence does not necessarily correlate with success – make sure that the absent supervisor really is the one who can give your career a boost by association... Compatible with: someone who is independent and does not need much guidance... A person who is not afraid to ask questions to other students, postdocs and co-supervisors... Also compatible with someone who takes the initiative to schedule face-to-face or online meetings to discuss the project... At this day and age, you do not have to be physically present in the same place to have meetings... Usually someone who is hard to impress... Advantages: will be able to help you achieve the best results possible... Students who would like a large amount of guidance before developing their own independence... Telltale signs: supervisor starts every meeting with ‘This will probably not work but you should try it anyway’... Advantages: at least they are not going to be disappointed if something does not go according to plan... You can also get useful guidance and mentorship from other people in your circle... There may be a co-supervisor, a postdoc or a more senior lab member that you can draw upon for advice/guidance.

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Mentions: There you have it. Which type is your perfect match? If you are still unsure, try the quiz above as a guide to find your match (Figure 1). It is important to find someone who is compatible because they are not only going to be your supervisor for a few years while you are studying; they may also be your mentor for the rest of your life. Importantly, they will probably be the first person to be called when you are applying for your dream job after you graduate. It is critical to establish good working practices early and manage your expectations.3 Make sure you are both on the same page about your milestones and direction of your project, and make necessary changes to the working relationship if needed.4 Bear in mind that your needs and expectations may vary depending on the stage of your studies.5 But if you have managed to land yourself a supervisor that is not your match, all is not lost. Most students have more than one supervisor these days for a reason, utilise them! You can also get useful guidance and mentorship from other people in your circle. There may be a co-supervisor, a postdoc or a more senior lab member that you can draw upon for advice/guidance. And remember that sometimes opposites attract!


Supervisor types: which one is your match?
If you cannot figure out what your perfect supervisor match is, hopefully this quiz can!
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fig1: If you cannot figure out what your perfect supervisor match is, hopefully this quiz can!
Mentions: There you have it. Which type is your perfect match? If you are still unsure, try the quiz above as a guide to find your match (Figure 1). It is important to find someone who is compatible because they are not only going to be your supervisor for a few years while you are studying; they may also be your mentor for the rest of your life. Importantly, they will probably be the first person to be called when you are applying for your dream job after you graduate. It is critical to establish good working practices early and manage your expectations.3 Make sure you are both on the same page about your milestones and direction of your project, and make necessary changes to the working relationship if needed.4 Bear in mind that your needs and expectations may vary depending on the stage of your studies.5 But if you have managed to land yourself a supervisor that is not your match, all is not lost. Most students have more than one supervisor these days for a reason, utilise them! You can also get useful guidance and mentorship from other people in your circle. There may be a co-supervisor, a postdoc or a more senior lab member that you can draw upon for advice/guidance. And remember that sometimes opposites attract!

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Make sure an absent supervisor is not an unreliable one... Disadvantages: may not be there when you need them... Also, frequent absence does not necessarily correlate with success – make sure that the absent supervisor really is the one who can give your career a boost by association... Compatible with: someone who is independent and does not need much guidance... A person who is not afraid to ask questions to other students, postdocs and co-supervisors... Also compatible with someone who takes the initiative to schedule face-to-face or online meetings to discuss the project... At this day and age, you do not have to be physically present in the same place to have meetings... Usually someone who is hard to impress... Advantages: will be able to help you achieve the best results possible... Students who would like a large amount of guidance before developing their own independence... Telltale signs: supervisor starts every meeting with ‘This will probably not work but you should try it anyway’... Advantages: at least they are not going to be disappointed if something does not go according to plan... You can also get useful guidance and mentorship from other people in your circle... There may be a co-supervisor, a postdoc or a more senior lab member that you can draw upon for advice/guidance.

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