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Program Overview

The International Career Mentorship Program facilitates international students’ transition towards a career in Canada.  Matched with accomplished mentors, these 3rd and 4th year students will develop their professional skillset and learn about Canadian workplace culture. The program includes key events as well as 6 mentorship sessions spread across the fall and winter semesters.

For full details and timeline of the program, please consult the International Career Mentorship Program Guide (coming soon).

Objectives

Mentorship is a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced person helps to guide a less experienced person. However, true mentoring is more than just answering occasional questions or providing informal help. It is an ongoing relationship of learning, dialog 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.

Through the Program, mentees will:

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

New Mentors

If you require more information or are interested in being a mentor, please contact Ashley Foster, Relationship Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 613-562-5800, ext. 4663.

Program Structure

The International Career Mentorship Program works as follows.

  1. Students apply to the Program. Those selected attend the Orientation Session.
  2. Resumés and goals of selected students and professionals are collected and analyzed.   
  3. Students are matched with professionals based on similar interests, aspirations, career paths, etc.
  4. Email introductions between the mentor and mentee are made in October. These will include contact information as well as biographies for both parties.
  5. Students meet their respective professionals at the Meet and Greet Lunch in November.
  6. 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.
  7. Mentees and mentors will be invited to the Career Centre Celebration reception as a thank you for their participation in the Program.
  8. An exit survey providing feedback on the experience will be requested from both the mentee and mentor in May.

Responsibilities

Mentee Role and Responsibilities

  • Be open: Learn from your mentor. Share your experiences – successes, challenges, difficulties, and failures.
  • Confidential: Keep confidential all information and private details from your meetings.
  • Contribute: Engage in dialogue with your mentor by asking questions and providing input.
  • Do not expect your mentor to “get a job for you”: Mentors provide you with insight, background information, resources, tips and techniques to assist you with being successful in attaining and integrating into a job. It is not their responsibility to find a job for you.
  • 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. Take advantage of this opportunity.

Mentor Role and Responsibility

  • Access resources: Identify where additional resources are needed.
  • 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.
  • Confidential: Keep confidential all information and private details from your meetings.
  • Encourage participation: Ensure that your mentee is engaging in and benefiting from the experience.
  • Facilitate: Help develop networking skills and provide opportunities for students.
  • Give constructive feedback: Share your 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 your difficulties and setbacks, as from your successes.

Benefits of the Program

Mentee Benefits    Mentor Benefits
Benefits of the Program
  • 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
  • Increased self-knowledge and career awareness
  • Obtain strategic tools for ongoing career development and success
  • Strengthen leadership excellence
  • Dialogue with students and learn from their experiences
  • Increased 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

We would like to thank JVS Toronto for inspiring us as well as for sharing their program framework.

Source: JVS Group Mentorship Program Kit, JVS Toronto.

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