The FPHTC Online Mentor Program promotes a multi-faceted collaboration between a mentee (a less experienced public health professional or a public health student) and a mentor (a more experienced public health professional). The primary goal of the mentor relationship is for the mentor to promote and nurture the professional development of the mentee.
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- A process whereby an experienced, highly regarded, empathic person (the mentor) guides another individual (the mentee) in the development and examination of their own ideas, learning, and personal and professional development. The mentor, who often, but not necessarily, works in the same organization or field as the mentee, achieves this by listening and talking in confidence to the mentee.
- A process by which a mentor (person providing the guidance or senior professional) and mentee (student or junior professional) work together to discover, develop, and maximize the mentee’s potential.
- A long-term relationship with a responsibility to provide the support, knowledge, and impetus to facilitate professional success.
- A personal process that combines role modeling, guidance, apprenticeship, and nurturing.