Many departments have mentoring schemes for their research staff, as a way of providing an additional sounding board to support them and to connect with other members of staff. To find out if your department has a mentoring scheme, contact your departmental administrator.
“Meeting people from other departments and hearing both new perspectives on my situation and hearing similar concerns to mine makes me feel less alone.”
“Great to have ‘neutral’ feedback from people in a similar situation. Often it is surprisingly useful to simply describe a problem and (with advice) arrive at a series of possible actions.”
“It was useful to have time away from work, and in a supportive environment to reflect on personal and career goals.”