I believe mentoring is important because it allows you to tap into the wealth of experience and knowledge of those who treaded this path before you, while still forging your own path ahead.
I am new to ANU, having been here since Sep 2019. I timed my move perfectly – the smoke, the hail, and now the pandemic – a very interesting time to set up my lab and start my Future Fellowship! I also took on a role of Associate Director (Education) just before the COVID-19 hit, and have been helping our school deliver high-quality on-campus and online learning experience to students ever since. Having great mentors has not only helped me build my career but also allowed me to remain optimistic and maintain some form of life-work balance when things did not go to plan.