Be a mentor
Who is a Mentor?
A mentor is an experienced professional who shares his or her experience and wisdom to help a mentee reach important career goals. Like a new staff member, members of our global talent pool need time to learn the ‘ropes’, become familiar with Canadian workplace culture and understand labour market issues. A mentor provides insights into local employment practices, market conditions and opportunities to help a mentee increase employability, knowledge and networks.
Are you ready to become a mentor?
A mentor will:
- be interested in professional development
- be established in his/her profession
- be familiar with the Canadian workplace
- be sensitive to employment issues for skilled immigrants – and willing to learn
- want to contribute to the success of global talent in his/her profession
- be connected to professional and/or business networks
- have good interpersonal and communication skills
- have some insights about the regional labor market for his or her profession
- be available 6 hours/month for 4 months (about 1.5 hrs/week)
What does a mentor do for the mentee?
The greatest thing a mentor can do for a mentee is encourage – convey a sincere belief in a mentee’s ability to succeed. The mentor-mentee relationship is often the first link in a newcomer’s professional network that opens doors to career opportunities for them
How can I enroll as a mentor in the Career Mentorship program?
Mentors are welcome from most professions. There are three intakes a year: Spring, Summer and Fall. To apply to participate as a mentor, please complete an online application form.
Benefits of being a mentor
By participating in the Career Mentorship Program, mentors support and foster the integration of skilled immigrants so that they can contribute to the Canadian economy to their full potential. Mentors also benefit from the mentor-mentee relationship in the following ways:
- Enhanced leadership and coaching skills
- Improved intercultural competence
- Increased confidence and professional growth
- Strengthened expertise working with a multicultural workforce
- Support of the organization’s commitment to diversity
- Links to the global talent pool
- Give back and feel good!
How do organizations and the labour market benefit from mentoring?
The labour market ultimately benefits from mentoring in that mentees quickly adapt to Canadian workplace culture while learning soft skills and information necessary for them to succeed in the Canadian workforce. Mentorship partnerships are overall a cost-effective developmental mechanism.
From an organizational standpoint, mentors develop leadership and managerial skills, increase their productivity and find renewed enthusiasm for their organizations and their work. Organizations that participate in mentoring programs have a competitive edge over their competitors in recruitment and retention practices. Mentoring has also proven to be an effective strategy for spotting talented newcomers.