Mentorship is not only recognized as a deeply rooted practice in academics but has also proven to be a great way to the development of future scientists. It is a professional relationship through which knowledge and skill is transferred from the more experienced and highly regarded person (mentor) to the less experienced colleagues (mentee), not only learning and development but also in reevaluating their ideas, resulting in considerable hastening of personal and professional growth (Lescano et al, 2019)
When you come to think of it we are actually a product of mentoring even when there was no official announcement of who are the mentor and the mentee, it somehow would just occur naturally.
Mentorship can result in a deep, continued companionship that progresses and matures over time. Lack of mentoring has resulted in little or no growth in the scientific world and particularly in the area of research. The amelioration of global health research calls for continuous career development opportunities for scientists that can only be obtained through both application and propagation of culturally appropriate mentorship. (Lescano et al, 2019)
The origins of mentoring can be traced back to ancient Greece as a technique to impart to young men important social, spiritual, and personal values. Mentoring as we know it today is loosely modelled on the historical craftsman/apprentice relationship, where young people learned a trade by shadowing the master artisan. Today, an apprenticeship is an in-service training program or internship which involves either tuition for training or payment for working or both (Herman, 2014)
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