On June 23rd, the Victorian Branch brought together mentors and mentees for a brilliant, socially-distant, mentoring evening via Zoom. Hosted by Hien Nguyen (Communications officer) and Daniel Fryer (Young Statisticians' Representative), we first heard from five of our mentors who told us of their careers and their thoughts on some of the key opportunities, decisions, lessons and strategies they felt contributed to their successful journeys so far.
Mentees were then given the chance to chat one-on-one with four of the mentors, and a fantastic opportunity to pick their brains! I, as a mentee, certainly learnt a lot! One of the many nuggets of wisdom that resonated with me was that there is no one-size-fits-all career for us in statistics; it was a pleasure to hear the many and varied pathways each mentor took to be where they are now.
A great thanks to all the mentors: Helen Bartley, Michael Dalton, Alison Harcourt, Roger Hilton, Jessica Kasza, Karen Lamb, Dina Neiger, Cameron Patrick, Mathew Spittal, Dennis Trewin and Antony Ugoni.