Career Mentoring Program

Program Overview

Mentors, mentees, and the Career Centre work together to develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and connections mentees need as they transition into the world of work. 

Career Mentoring Program

For Undergraduate students and Postdoctoral Fellows 

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Career Mentoring Program (Graduate Students)

For Graduate students (Masters and PhD)

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Goals

  • Be matched with a career mentor with a volunteer industry professional based on your career interests.
  • Get experience that compliments and gives context to your academic pursuits.
  • Practice industry-specific transferable and self-management skills to add to your resume and improve your chances of landing a job.
  • Increase your self-awareness and understand a little more about how you fit into the world of work.
  • Grow the depth and breadth of your career options so you can learn strategies for finding a job post-graduation.
  • Participate in a mutually beneficial experience and share your knowledge and experience with your mentor.

Mentors

Attributes of Good Mentors

  • Is recognized as a mentor by their peers
  • Has a sincere desire to be involved with a less experienced person
  • Sees solutions and opportunities to help mentee make sense of their goals and issues
  • Can stimulate a mentee’s thinking and reflection
  • Actively listens with an open-mind and without judgement
  • Is empathetic even without having the same experience as the mentee
  • Sees being a mentor as a way to personally grow and learn

Expectations

  • Is a professional currently working in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Draws on their own experience, successes and failures, and providing insights they believe could assist their mentee
  • Wants to improve their skills as a mentor
  • Will be available to my mentee for the time and frequency agreed upon in the Mentoring Agreement
  • Open to giving and receiving feedback from their mentee
  • Interested in learning from someone with a different background and experiences

Benefits

  • Build the self-worth of a young professional by uplifting and validating their career objectives
  • Gain satisfaction in sharing expertise and building the self-worth of a new professional
  • Diversify professional networks by exploring their organization to form new connections with colleagues on behalf of their mentee’s learning
  • Practice leadership and interpersonal skills, such as coaching, communication, giving and receiving feedback, and active listening
  • Connect with resources, programming, and services at the University of Alberta
  • Help a student leverage unplanned events in their life and career
  • Contribute to the long-term growth of their industry by directly coaching a student’s work search, job interviewing, and workplace preparedness to increase their candidacy
  • Gain fresh eyes and a critical mind to reflect on your work-related practices
  • Experience career rejuvenation and re-commitment

Mentees

Attributes of Good Mentees

  • Has reached a point in their career exploration, through activities such as career advising and job shadowing, that has set them up to explore deeper career questions
  • Knows skills, knowledge, attitudes, and connections they want to learn or develop to sustain a long-term relationship
  • Is a self-directed learner and takes initiative
  • Solicits and accepts constructive feedback
  • Wants to explore their interests, values, strengths, and career desires
  • Can describe their ideal mentor with specific parameters

Expectations

  • Own your learning by practicing self-awareness through self-reflection and attempt to understand your personal vision (interests, values, strengths, career desires, etc.)
  • Admit errors, mistakes, and recognize procrastination and take responsibility to correct them
  • Initiate communication and meetings with mentor in a timely, consistent manner
  • Solicit feedback from your mentor regularly to expedite your growth
  • Give feedback to your mentor and demonstrate appreciation and let them know how their suggestions have been applied
  • Identify what you want to accomplish by setting SMART goals and solicit your mentor’s advice on how realistic they are
  • Evaluate your progress by setting performance criteria and collecting evidence of your achievements
  • Value differences in opinion by being open-minded and interested in new perspectives
  • Be an active listener in meetings and on the phone and be attentive while reading and responding to emails
  • When you disagree with your mentor (this is allowed), tactfully explain why instead of passively accepting all suggestions or not speaking up for yourself
Benefits

  • Information, advice and guidance from someone with professional experienceNonjudgmental feedback on and practice developing workplace skills
  • Access to new contacts and community connections
  • Realistic, first-hand information about career paths, jobs, industries and work settings
  • Insight and clarity about your academic goals and future plans
  • Self-confidence and experience in professional settings
  • Unexpected or happenstance opportunities