Mentoring at a Distance

Mentoring at a Distance

Jamie S. Switzer (Colorado State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 5
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-555-9.ch191
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Colleges and universities are adept at teaching students in the academic sense. Often what is lacking in a student’s education is a thorough grasp of the “real world”—how their chosen field actually functions and operates. One way for students to gain an understanding of a particular occupation is to interact with a mentor. Mentors can offer valuable intellectual resources to students (O’Neil & Gomez, 1996). Regardless of the quality of their education, students still need the practical information that can only be provided by a working professional who can present students an awareness of the real world (O’Neil, 2001).

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