As part of the Future CHOICE initiative aimed at aspiring China experts, the CHOICE team introduced a brand-new series of exclusive mentoring sessions aimed at fostering the soft skills of junior researchers and analysts on China in CEE and beyond.
During these unique meetings, leading specialists in the field and contributors to the CHOICE network take up the role of mentors in order to advise their younger counterparts on the obstacles they may encounter when conducting research on China and share their experience that shaped their career paths. Future CHOICE mentoring sessions provide much-needed space for intensive Q&A sessions and a small-group interaction on plenty of relevant topics, both on a professional as well as personal level.
In the feedback on the program, the participants found the previous sessions inspiring and also motivating. The openness of all the speakers, the wealth of their professional experience and perhaps most importantly their willingness to share personal stories and insights led to interactive discussion with the participants. The sessions highlighted the need to provide an open environment for informal debates, where participants can learn skills that are not readily available elsewhere, but are crucial for a successful career in the field.
After two successful rounds of mentoring sessions, Future CHOICE now returns with new opportunities for junior China experts, with the core focus on mastering the tricks of trade necessary for the current trends in research on China.
Project Coordinator of the Future CHOICE Initiative, Association for International Affairs (AMO), Czech Republic