Frequently Asked Questions
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 career mentor provides insights into local employment practices, market conditions and opportunities to help a mentee increase employability, knowledge and networks.
Who can apply 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 the mentor get from the mentor-mentee relationship?
Mentors have a chance to support and foster the integration of skilled newcomers 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 to get involved?
- Visit www.eriec.ca and complete the Mentor Sign Up Form on line, or
- Contact Ruth Moore, Program Director at 780–497-8866 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is occupation-specific mentoring?
The Career Mentorship Program has adopted an occupation-specific model. Occupation specific mentoring involves connecting professional newcomers (mentees) with established professionals (mentors) in both the public and private sectors who share the same occupation.
Do I have to find a job for my mentee?
No. Your role is not to find your mentee a job. The objective of the mentorship relationship is to prepare your mentee for job readiness by exposing them to professional networks and providing advice.
How often should mentors and their mentees get together to ensure a successful mentorship relationship?
The maximum number of hours is 6 hours a month for a total of 24 hours over 4 months. This works out to approximately one and a half hours per week.
Do I meet with my mentee in person?
In-person meetings are highly recommended, however, this can be supplemented with emails and phone calls. More contact is recommended initially with less frequent contact as the needs of the mentees change closer to the end of the mentorship partnership.
How will I be matched with a mentee?
The Mentorship Coordinator will review potential matches once your personal profile has been received. Mentors and mentees are matched based on shared educational background, similar work experience and common goals.
How are mentees screened?
Mentees are assessed based on their professional, educational, language and business communication abilities. Reference checks are also conducted. Reasons for participating, willingness to learn and; personal and work values are also assessed by the Mentorship Coordinator.
What support and resources are available for mentors?
Orientation: Mentors participate in an initial orientation session that outlines roles, codes of conduct and expectations of the mentorship relationship.
Intercultural workshops: Mentors are encouraged to attend one learning workshop a month over the four month span to receive supplemental resources that support their work with their organization and with their mentee.
Support materials: include the Mentorship Handbook and the Mentorship Activity Roadmap
How will I know if I am doing a good job?
Open communication is the key to any good relationship. Throughout the mentoring relationship you should be speaking with your mentee about whether or not you are fulfilling the goals set at the beginning. You will also be asked by the Mentorship Coordinator to provide feedback on your experience throughout the mentorship relationship.