General Information

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EXPECTATIONS OF THE MENTOR AND MENTEE

MENTOR:

As a mentor, what is expected of you?

  1. Provide perspective on current genetic practices and professional issues in the field of genetic counseling.
  2. Provide insight into appropriate and relevant employment situations.
  3. Assist in transition of student to professional or professional specialty to new professional specialty.
  4. Encourage and identify additional opportunities for networking.
  5. Assist with professional development of the career and/or the job search process of the mentee.

What does it take to be a good mentor?

  1. Be flexible, take the initiative, and be responsive. Your experiences and encouragement will go a long way to helping your mentee.
  2. Remember what it was like when you were in your mentee's position. Realize that s/he may not understand many of the cultural norms and responsibilities of a genetic counselor in your situation that you take for granted.
  3. Feel free to share your personal experiences, pose questions, and engage in small talk until a relevant topic for discussion emerges.
  4. Be responsive to your mentee's questions and comments. If you do not have the time to offer a full response shortly after you receive a message, send a short message letting her/him know you will be in contact when you have the opportunity.

MENTEE:

As a mentee, what is expected of you?

  1. Respect the guidance and support offered by the mentor
  2. Exchange ideas and information about current issues and practices in genetic counseling.
  3. Begin/continue the process of networking
  4. Be flexible, take the initiative, and be responsive to your mentor's questions and comments. If you do not have the time to offer a full response shortly after you receive a message, send a short message letting her/him know you will be in contact when you have the opportunity.

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