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. As a career mentor you would provide insights into local employment practices, market conditions and opportunities to help a mentee increase employability, knowledge and networks.

Why should I become a mentor?

As a mentor you have a chance to support and foster the integration of skilled newcomers so that they can better contribute to the Canadian economy. Becoming a mentor can enhance your leadership and coaching skills, improve your intercultural competence, and increase your confidence and professional growth.

What does a Mentor do for the Mentee?

The greatest thing a mentor can do for a mentee is encourage and 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.

Who can apply to become a mentor?

We encourage you to apply to become a mentor if you are are established in your profession and are familiar with the Canadian workplace. Our mentors are are sensitive to employment issues for skilled immigrants and willing to learn more about intercultural and global talent issues. Learn more

What is occupation-specific mentoring?

Occupation specific mentoring involves connecting professional newcomers (mentees) with established Canadian professionals (mentors) who share the same occupation.

Do I have to find a job for my mentee?

No. As a mentor you will help prepare your mentee for the Canadian workplace by introducing them to professional networks and offering advice. Your mentee is responsible for their own job search.

What is the time commitment?

You and your mentee will meet for about 4-6 hours/month for 4 months (about 1-1.5 hrs/week).  Usually this time commitment is higher during the beginning of your mentorship relationship ans less frequent as your mentee's needs change.

Where do I meet my mentee?

Face-to-face meetings at a public facility or place of business are recommended, but sometimes online or phone meetings may be convenient as your mentee's needs change.

How will I be matched with a mentee?

ERIEC 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. ERIEC will also review their reasons for participating, willingness to learn, and personal and work values.

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 Program Director to provide feedback on your experience throughout the mentorship relationship.