I’m a molecular virologist and epidemiologist with multiple national and international projects. Before I was coached by Melissa I was drowning in unfinished manuscripts making it hard to focus on the task at hand and remain focussed to wrap up and submit manuscripts. It’s also difficult dealing with the rejected papers as it’s a constant fight against the imposter syndrome.
The way I saw myself has shifted. I was reaffirmed that I am a good scientist, I write well and my research is worth publishing, and to accomplish my goals I need to be patient and forgiving with myself, but persistent. I don’t need to take complete responsibility with the entirety of my publications but have learned to focus my research and writing on the message that I want to convey. Melissa helped to maintain the focus and positive reinforcement of the good that I wanted to achieve.
The coaching program helped me to reflect honestly on who I am, face the past demons and make a plan to move forward.
Being a researcher can be a lonely journey as you wrestle with scientific knowledge. Being in the program reinforced that I am well supported and have all the help that I need to push forward meaningful science.
All too often it’s easy to slip back into old routines and bad habits. Whilst it wasn’t always easy to make the time and focus on the priorities having regular meetings reinforced the importance to maintain focus and keep moving forward. Having a coach has been essential for me to maintain my scientific endeavours.