So, we (yes – we!) are now about to embark on a “special” kind of relationship – that of supervisor / supervisee !

Whilst there are many guides and recommendations regarding how to work with your supervisor (and supervisee !), in reality, this is a relationship like any other – one that is determined by the needs and requirements of those involved . . . you and me (especially you).

So, let’s make that first meeting about exploring the needs, requirements, and “expectations” that we both have of the supervision process and relationship.

As with all relationships between adults, communication and honesty are always best – adults can deal with information . . . if they are given it. So, feel free to voice any fears, concerns, limitations, preferred way of working (e.g., meetings, email, etc.). Not doing this could lead to unnecessary anxiousness and worry at a later stage. As I always say: I might be a psychologist . . . but I’m not a mind reader 🙂

Ultimately, the supervision process is about helping you, as an independent researcher, to develop your skills and confidence – to make sure that the supervision process helps you to achieve what you need.

And . . . as you are indeed an independent learner, you need to make sure that YOU take control of the supervision process a bit – “drive the relationship” and make sure that you are happy with the supervision, the regularity of meetings, the type of contact, etc.

Go for it !

See you soon 🙂

Conor 🙂


Posted on 15th May, 2015.  Copyright Conor Mc Guckin