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Survey on the Junior/Senior Professional Relationships
We are all part of a challenging graduate life, some of us are at the very beginning, some of us are about to complete it. During this graduate life, everyone faces loads of problems with their experiments, projects, deadlines, funds, scholarships…and so on. Apart from these, other “variables” in our working place can further complicate our graduate life. We believe so many researchers do not fully realize the impact mentoring can have, both on the career development of others as well as of their own. We all have been and will be influenced by the mentoring we receive and give, whether we are fully aware of it or not. For early career investigators, it is especially important to meet the “right” people! If you are feeling that you are on the same boat as well, take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your opinion matters and it is really important so that we can get an overview of the current junior/senior situation among our peers! The survey is completely anonymous but at the end we will share the survey results at the next EuPA YPIC Mentoring Day, EuPA GC Meeting and the results will also be posted on our Facebook account. The survey is online for 1 month starting from October, 24 2018 and will end on November, 26 2018. We are looking forward to receiving your responses.
I'm in industry
The country where you work is
Are you a YPIC and/or EuPA member?
I'm a YPIC member
I'm a EuPA member
I'm both a YPIC and a EuPA member
No, I'm not a member
Maybe, I will become a YPIC and/or EuPA member
What is your field of expertise? (E.g. literature, proteomics, genomics, economics,...)
Your position has been funded by/from
Your supervisor's project
No one, I volunteer
Other funding body
Who is your direct thesis/research supervisor?
The principal investigator (PI)
The Post Doc
What is the frequency of your personal contact (face to face) with your supervisor?
A few times a year
Twice during my PhD
My supervisor prefers e-mails
The communication between you and your supervisor on topics related to your career progress is clear and frequent.
How would you define supervisor's communication style? (for more explanation click here
My supervisor is bullying me (
How would you rate the supervision you receive.
Do you have freedom to think along and decide on the experimental flow?
Not at all, my supervisor decides.
Rare occasions, when my supervisor is out of ideas.
Rare occasions, when I have an idea.
Frequent, my supervisor is very open to ideas and disscusion
Always, my supervisor lets me do all the job
In general, project goals, proposed experimental workflow and PI's expectations were explained in detail to me.
Do you present your experimental results to your supervisor?
Not at all, somebody else does that instead
Not at all, my supervisor is very busy and has no time for this.
Rare occasions when my supervisor has time.
Frequent, my supervisor is very interested in work I do.
Always, my supervisor is a control freak
Do you have freedom to plan your work schedule as it suits you?
Not at all
Is your supervisor making you do additional work (that you did not sign up for)?
Never, but other senior colleagues do.
How much time do you spend on doing things that are not mentioned in your contract? (% as an average over the whole year)
less then 10%
more than 50%
What type of jobs you are asked to do apart from your project work?
Giving lessons instead of my supervisor or other senior
Lab management (e.g. ordering consumables, maintaining instrumentation, cleaning lab, managing budgets)
Experimental analysis of samples not related with my project
Organizing and leading practicum instead of my supervisor or other senior
Writing project proposals
Attending meetings instead of my supervisor
I do lab supervision of master and other PhD students instead of their supervisors
I advise and correct manuscripts of master and other PhD students instead of their supervisors
How much of your working hours you spend teaching younger students if this is mentioned as one of your responsibilities in job contract? (% as an average over the whole year)
more than 80%
less than 50%
less than 30%
less than 10%
I don't teach.
How frequently do you do something without proper acknowledgement from your supervisor?
Does your supervisor provide necessary funds for your participation at conferences/workshops...
I don't want to participate in such events
My supervisor is not letting me participate in such events.
I pay everything on my own.
I pay less than 50% of such expenses.
I pay 50 % of such expenses.
I pay less than 50 % of such expenses.
My supervisor covers all expenses.
My supervisor wants to cover everything but I offer to pay at least part.
Do you have a co-supervisor (co-supervisors)?
Select what is true in your case. My co-supervisor (co-supervisors)
is another senior from the same institution
is another collaborator from the project
is neither a collaborator or working at the same institute
My supervisor and co-supervisor are good friends
Apart from a supervisor do you have an additional mentor? (Supervisor is often task-oriented (e.g., completion of a thesis or dissertation) whereas mentor is more about caring for an individual’s long-term development (Acker, 2011).
My (previous) supervisor is also my mentor
Regarding your additional mentor
he was assigned to me
I have chosen one person from the presented list
I have chosen one person
We have a mentoring program at university
My mentor is too close (privately) to my supervisor
My mentor is unrelated to my supervisor
I don't have a mentor
both in research and in my relationship with my supervisor
personal problems and dilemmas
professional problems and dilemmas
Do you have a confidentiality person to talk to at University/Institute?
Have you already used a possibility to talk to a confidentiality person?
Has talking to confidentiality person help resolve your job/supervisor related problems/dilemmas?
There was no need to talk to this person I have no such problems or dilemmas
There was no need to talk to this person I have found solution on my own
There is no solution for my problems. I am desperate.
There was no need to talk to this person my mentor or co-supervisor helped.
Have you ever experienced some kind of power abuse that was not mentioned in our survey?
In your case did power abuse ever tip over to become sexual harassment (for additional explanation click
Yes, mild transgression during conversation (no sexual assault or abuse)
Yes, sexual assault (
Yes, sexual abuse (
Have you ever witnessed workplace intimidation or sexual harassment behavior in your professional surroundings?
If yes, were you an active bystander ( click here for additional explanation
Do you feel like the power balance with your peers is correct?
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