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Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering
ers, including the institution's career center, bulletin boards, or professional meetings where jobs are advertised.
Keep in touch with candidates' progress by discussing the results of their interviews and job applications. Many faculty avoid this subject and end up offering insensitive or irrelevant advice.
Discuss career goals with the postdoctoral students and provide honest feedback, even when this is difficult. Provide examples of nonacademic, as well as academic, role models.
The Career as Continuum
At every level, the student should learn to look at academic and professional activities as parts of a single or branching continuum. As the student views course work, summer jobs, and practical experience as part of a single journey, the transition from student to professional activities can be smooth and satisfying. Each student activity is best regarded as a long-term investment in a life's work.