Choosing an advisor is one of the most important decisions a graduate student makes in their career. Having an advisor whose goals support your aspirations is essential to ensuring your success as a student and young professional in your chosen field.
This article from the Journal of Higher Education illustrates some of the ways students can shape their advisor experience by putting their goals first and leveraging each other’s strengths to get the most out of the partnership. One idea, for example, is to ensure you get career feedback by asking for it. Although good advisors are willing to give this advice, most simply don’t have the time to plan to provide this feedback at regular intervals.