The Career Mentorship Program (CMP) matches newcomer immigrant professionals (mentees) in the Edmonton region with established professionals and local business leaders / employers (mentors) who share a similar occupational background and creates networks through real-life connections and experience.
Rinosh Mathew is an internationally trained Planning Engineer and Project Manager who has over 8 years of experience outside of Canada in the construction and energy industry. He arrived to Canada in the summer of 2019 and was eager to connect with other business professionals and peers in Edmonton.
In the fall of 2019 he made a decision to enroll in the ERIEC Mentorship Program as he believed the benefits and potential outcomes were what he would require to establish himself in this new country and province. Rinosh had participated in some of the ERIEC’s networking programs and events while he was in transition. He would eventually connect with Megan Scheie, who works as an HR professional and had previously worked in the oil and gas industry in Fort McMurray.
On New Years’ day 2020, Rinosh would receive some very exciting news to begin his year. He was offered a contract to work at Suncor as a Maintenance Scheduler.
“It’s surely a ‘special’ new years for me!”, Rinosh recalls the emotion he felt that day. “Thanks largely to the career mentorship program and of course to my mentor. All her guidance and coaching has definitely helped me to land this job with my ‘dream’ company”, he said.
“Your program has helped me to make this incredible leap into my career here in Canada. I can’t wait to start my work and life there”, Rinosh exclaimed.
The ERIEC team was very sad to see Rinosh move away from Edmonton but of course we remain proud of the fact that Fort McMurray will benefit from his experience and positivity.
Rinosh ended the interview by making the following comments about the ERIEC Career Mentorship Program. “I thank the ERIEC Team for matching me with Megan. She has been such a wonderful inspiration and a guide to me. This career breakthrough and opportunity would not have happened without her abilities to both coach and encourage me onwards”.
“She even found the time, even in short notice to help me prepare for my interview!”, he recalls. “It was also her strategic direction and focus that helped to calm my nerves and perform well on the day of my interview. I am forever grateful to her and her unwavering belief in me.”
If you are an immigrant professional, Permanent Resident, currently in Edmonton, and interested in ERIEC’s Mentorship Program, please contact the Program Assistant- Gustave Gatabazi at [email protected]
If you are an established professional or business leader looking to volunteer as a mentor or establish corporate partnerships, please contact the Program Director- Azumme Degun at [email protected]