Florida Public Health Training Center Online Mentor Program

The Mentor Experience

Roles of a Mentor

As a mentor, it is expected that you demonstrate the following behaviors:

  • Professional Coaching.
  • Career Guidance.
  • Moral support.
  • Evaluative feedback (on resumes, professional goals, etc.).
  • Networking (making introductions to others in the field, etc.).
  • Professional Resource (Information / Experience).
  • Advice / Advisement.

Responsibilities of a Mentor

As a mentor, it is expected that you will assume the following tasks:

  • Initiate contact with your mentee.
  • Exchange additional contact information with your mentee (i.e., office phone, cell phone, e-mail).
  • Arrange to meet (i.e., face-to-face, by telephone, or virtually) with your mentee for a minimum of 12 contact hours during the mentorship experience.
  • Review and provide feedback on mentee’s resume.
  • Assist in the development of and review your mentee’s Professional Development Action Plan and discuss ways in which your experiences and resources might help their goals.
  • Create your own Professional Development Action Plan.
  • Participate in on-going discussions with other participants in the program (online forums).
  • View supplemental tutorials and resources (online).
  • Complete a minimum of 3 contact hours of professional development courses, opportunities, and/or trainings external to the program.
  • Be available for urgent situations that arise.
  • Encourage and demonstrate confidence in your mentee.
  • Be liberal with constructive and evaluative feedback.
  • Encourage independent behavior, but be willing to invest ample time in your mentee.
  • Provide accessibility and exposure for your mentee within your own professional circle.
  • Illustrate the methodology and importance of networking.

NOTE: Either the mentor or mentee can elect to end the relationship on a no-fault basis for any reason or for no reason at all. Please inform the FPHTC Online Mentor Program Coordinator when a mentor-mentee relationship needs to be modified or terminated.

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