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International Career Mentorship Program

International Career Mentorship Program


Mentorship is a personal development relationship in which a more experienced person (the mentor) guides a less experienced person (the mentee). However, true mentoring is more than just answering occasional questions or providing informal help. It is an ongoing relationship of learning, dialogue and professional growth. The mentor is not the expert telling the mentee what to do. He or she is a partner that shares knowledge from his/her work and life experience.

The Telfer School International Career Mentorship Program is designed to help international students in their 3rd and 4th years of study make the transition into careers in Canada after graduation.

Who do I Contact

If you have questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Ashley Foster, Relationship Manager at the Career Centre of the Telfer School of Management, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 613‑562‑5800, ext. 4663.

Expected Outcomes

  • Mentees will be better informed and equipped to obtain suitable employment in their field of expertise or in a related field.
  • They will obtain the sector-specific information and knowledge necessary to assist them in establishing their careers in Canada.
  • Through exposure to their mentor’s personal and professional experience, mentees will gain valuable information on how to pursue their goal of being employed in an appropriate field.
  • The mentees will gain the confidence and motivation required to actively pursue their employment goals.
  • Mentees will begin to build and maintain their professional network.
  • Through informal support and networking, mentees will be encouraged to explore various avenues that may facilitate their gainful employment.

Specific Objectives for Mentees

  • Learn about Canadian workplace culture and industry trends
  • Identify education and technical skills required to meet market demands
  • Acquire support throughout the job search process
  • Establish professional networks
  • Improve professional terminology
  • Build confidence while adjusting to a new culture

Program Benefits

Mentee Benefits

Mentor Benefits
Program Structure by Year of Program:

The opportunity to:

  • become employed in their field of expertise
  • build their network for professional success
  • develop professional etiquette
  • enhance communication skills
  • identify talents needed in the Canadian workplace
  • increase self-knowledge and career awareness
  • obtain strategic tools for ongoing career development and success

The opportunity to:

  • strengthen leadership excellence
  • speak with students and learn from their experiences
  • increase self-knowledge
  • interact with motivated, young talent
  • learn about and contribute to the community
  • optimize coaching and mentoring skills
  • share knowledge and wisdom and explore new ideas and perspectives

Roles and Responsibilities

Mentor Role and Responsibilities

Program Structure by Year of Program:

 - Access resources: Identify additional resources that the mentee needs.

 - Build trust: Trust is the cornerstone of a mentoring relationship. Only in an atmosphere of trust will mentees communicate their true goals, fears and ideas.

 - Respect confidentiality: Keep confidential all information and private details shared during meetings.

 - Encourage participation: Ensure that the mentee is engaging in and benefiting from the experience.

 - Facilitate networking: Help develop networking skills and provide opportunities for the mentee.

 - Give constructive feedback: Share observations objectively.

 - Listen: Be a sounding board. Listen actively, patiently and empathetically.

 - Offer perspective and challenge mentees to make decisions: This is not the same as telling a mentee what to do. While a mentor may wish to protect a mentee from making critical errors, mentors still want mentees to grow into independent problem-solvers. Effective mentors ask questions that lead their mentee to make workable decisions.

 - Share experiences, both positive and negative: Mentees learn as much from mentors’ difficulties and setbacks as from mentors’ successes.

Mentee Role and Responsibilities

Program Structure by Year of Program:

 - Be open: Learn from the mentor. Share experiences – successes, challenges, difficulties, and failures.

 - Respect confidentiality: Keep confidential all information and private details shared during meetings.

 - Contribute: Engage in dialogue with the mentor by asking questions and providing input.

 - Do not expect your mentor to “get a job for you”: Mentors provide mentees with insight, background information, resources, tips and techniques to assist them with being successful in attaining and integrating into a job. It is not their responsibility to find a job for mentees.

 - Drive the relationship and keep to the agreed meeting schedule.

 - Professional conduct: Treat the mentor with respect.

 - Take the mentoring relationship seriously: Take the time to learn the hidden rules of the workplace. In mentoring, there is freedom and opportunity to explore how things work and why they work the way they do. Mentees should take advantage of this opportunity.

How the program works

The International Career Mentorship Program works as follows:

  1. Students apply to the Program in March for the following year.

  2. Resumés and goals of selected students and professionals are analyzed at the beginning of a given academic year.

  3. Students are matched with professionals based on similar interests, aspirations, career paths, etc.

  4. Students must complete three Career Centre workshops before the start of the program (September and October).
    - Networking Strategies
    - Rock your Resumé
    - Job Search for International Students

  5. Email introductions between the mentor and mentee are made in October. These introductions will include the contact information and biography of both parties.

  6. Students meet their respective mentors in November.

  7. Professionals will provide 6 or more sessions of face-to-face mentoring to his/her assigned student. The meetings take place at the professional’s and student’s convenience. All meetings must take place within the academic year.

  8. Mentees and mentors will be invited to the Career Centre Celebration reception in March as a thank you for their participation in the Program.

  9. An exit survey providing feedback on the experience will be requested from both the mentee and mentor in May.

Calendar and Meeting Guide


Date Event

Final student recruitment and orientation - what to expect from the Program

Students must familiarize themselves with Career Centre activities that lead to the Career Development Certificate and attend the following workshops:

  • Networking Strategies
  • Rock your Resumé
  • Job Search for International Students
November Introduction of mentors and meentees

Session 1
Establish The Mentorship Relationship

  • Introductions
  • Review mentee career highlights and job targets (skills, required education and credentials)
  • Establish topics and goals of the paticipant
End of November Program manager to check in with students and mentors by email

Session 2
Overview of Profession and Job Search Tools

  • Overview of profession
  • Identify and share job search resources (associations, current job fairs, recruitment agencies, useful websites)
  • Mentor conducts a review of mentee's resumé
  • Discuss education and credentials and how these are transferable to industry/sector
  • Discuss other transferable skills
  • Review cover letters and how to answer ads
  • Discuss the interview process
  • Discuss how to build and maintain a network

Session 3
Interviewing, Networking and Job Search Strategies

  • Explore questions from mentee
  • Discuss job search strategies
  • Discuss finding job postings online and submitting online applications
  • Networking dos, don'ts and strategies
  • Gain experience participating in networking events
  • Practice interview questions, discuss what employers are looking for in the answers

Program manager to check in with students and mentors by email

Session 4
Beyond the Interview and Discussing Workplace Culture

  • Review job search process
  • Interview follow-up
  • Discuss salary expectations and terms and conditions of employment
  • Discuss workplace culture and how to build relationships with colleagues
  • Workplace conduct and etiquette

Session 5
Integrating into New Job

  • Discuss workplace culture - building a successful career
  • Discuss how to continue networking while on the job

Career Centre Celebration reception - thank you event organized by the Career Centre


Session 6
Job Shadowing

  • Mentor introduces mentee to his/her workplace
May Exit Survey completed by mentees and mentors