CDIs Provide a Sounding Board

Posted on July 29, 2009

A successful networking experience reveals both problems and their solutions, states Ruth M. O'Hara (bio).


Well at the Career Development Institute, you get tremendous guidance. I think the other thing you get is this sense of what's normative and what's not.

I think one of the marvelous aspects of having a peer group aside from all the networking benefits is actually to have an opportunity to have sounding boards against which our expectations and our judgment of what's normative can be balanced.

And often times I think it's amazing to me, how for my fellows that I mentor, and I have a national mentorship program, as well as for myself and for other faculty members at the mid-level. When you express shock that you're expected to X, Y, and Z, often times a senior mentor at CDI would say, "Well actually that's fairly standard, and here's how I deal with that."

And so it does two things. It de-escalates you from feeling this is either something absurd or unreasonable, to giving you not only a perspective, but also giving you often tools with how to handle situations.

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Excerpted from interview with researcher at the 2009 Career Development Institute for Psychiatry in Palo Alto, CA.


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