It’s National Volunteer Week, and we want to take a moment to tell you more about one of our volunteer roles: the Professional Mentor. As a mentor, you not only help an new Canadian, you have an opportunity to learn from the relationship and develop your professional skills. You share insight into the Canadian workplace experience for a newcomer, but being a mentor is also about building a partnership with your mentee – a relationship of mutual respect and learning.
Quick Guide to Mentoring Activities
Together you can:
- Review career goals and current job search strategies
- Review job- specific cover letters and resumes
- Discuss ways to leverage transferable skills
- Identify volunteering opportunities
- Discuss Canadian workplace culture
- Role-play informational interviews and job interviews
- Practice telephone screening interviews
- Find opportunities for job shadowing and professional projects
- Attend industry networking events together
- Find networking opportunities, such as informational interviews with mentor’s team members, colleagues, or industry contacts
- Identify professional and soft skills development opportunities
You can also download this information in PDF format.
For more insight into what is involved when you volunteer as a Professional Mentor, please check out the Mentor Roadmap.
Mentoring is a rewarding experience, personally and professionally. Need more information? Read about Pam’s experience…
For more information about Professional Mentorship please contact:
Ritu Ganju, Mentorship Program Coordinator