When I started graduate school, I had been working for 6 years in the biotech industry. Having had a handful of bosses during that time, I thought I knew how to choose a mentor. In fact, I put much more weight on choosing the project than on the mentor itself. I had it all wrong.
I’ve mentioned how my thesis mentor was less than traditional. When I joined his lab, I hadn’t even rotated with him previously. But I was infatuated with the project and the science and thought that would carry me through.