Career Mentoring Program

The Career Mentoring Program brings mentors, mentees, and the Career Centre together to develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and connections mentees need as they transition into the world of work. 

The program allows undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to:

  • get experience that compliments and gives context to academic pursuits,
  • practice industry-specific, transferable, and self-management skills to improve chances of landing a job,
  • increase self-awareness and understanding of how to contribute to the work world,
  • expand career options by learning job search strategies, and
  • exchange knowledge, insights, and experience with a mentor.

Mentees 

Undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all faculties and programs are eligible to apply for mentorship. 

  • Attributes of good mentees

    A good mentee:

    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 the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and connections they want to learn or develop.

    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.

  • Benefits of being a mentee

    At the end of the program, mentees will have:

    Gained information, advice, and guidance from someone with professional experience.

    Received nonjudgmental feedback on and practice in developing workplace skills.

    Discovered new contacts and community connections.

    Realistic, first-hand information about career paths, jobs, industries, and work settings.

    Insight and clarity about academic goals and future plans.

    Self-confidence and experience in professional settings.

    The ability to recognize unexpected opportunities. 

  • Expectations of mentees

    After being matched with a mentor, mentees are expected to:

    Own the learning process; practice self-awareness through reflection to understand personal vision (i.e. interests, values, strengths, career desires, etc.).

    Admit errors and mistakes, recognize procrastination, and take responsibility for actions.

    Initiate consistent and timely communication with the mentor.

    Solicit feedback from the mentor regularly.

    Give feedback to the mentor and demonstrate appreciation for their suggestion.

    Set SMART goals and have the mentor evaluate them.

    Evaluate progress by setting performance criteria and tracking achievements.

    Be open-minded and show interest in new perspectives.

    Be an active listener (i.e. in meetings, on the phone, in email responses).

    Use tact in communicating difference of opinion.

Mentors

Career mentors are trusted guides that act as an informal coach, role model, and connector, offering encouragement and advice.

  • Attributes of good mentors

    A good mentor:

    Is recognized as a mentor by their peers.

    Has the desire to help less experienced people.

    Sees solutions and opportunities that help mentees make sense of their goals and challenges.

    Can stimulate a mentee's thinking and reflection.

    Actively listens with an open-mind and without judgement.

    Is empathetic to the experiences of a mentee.

    Sees being a mentor as a way to personally grow and learn.

  • Benefits of being a mentor

    At the end of the program, mentors will have:

    Gained satisfaction in building up the self-worth of a new professional.

    Diversified professional networks by exploring new connections on behalf of their mentee.

    Practiced leadership and interpersonal skills through coaching, communication, and active listening.

    Helped a new professional leverage unplanned events in their life and career.

    Contributed to the long-term growth of their industry.

    Gained fresh perspective on work-related practices.

    Experienced career rejuvenation.

  • Expectations of mentors

    Mentors are expected to:

    Work in the Edmonton area.

    Draw on personal experience, successes, failures, and insights to assist their mentee.

    Want to improve their skills as a mentor.

    Be available for the time and frequency agreed upon in the Mentoring Agreement.

    Be open to giving and receiving feedback with their mentee.

    Be interested in learning from someone with a different background and experiences.


Undergraduate students and postdoctoral fellows

Current U of A undergraduate students and postdoctoral fellows are eligible to apply.

Program length: 8 months (January - September)

Commitment fee: $75 

The fee is paid after you are accepted into the program. You are expected to pay incidental expenses that may be incurred during your mentoring relationship (e.g. coffee, meals, parking, bus tickets).

Time commitment: minimum 33 hours over 8 months

Application deadline: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

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Graduate students

Current U of A Masters and PhD students, who have at least eight months before they graduate, are eligible to apply.

Program length: 6 months

Commitment fee: $75

The fee is paid after you are accepted into the program. You are expected to pay incidental expenses that may be incurred during your mentoring relationship (e.g. coffee, meals, parking, bus tickets).

Time commitment: 6 months

Application deadline: Sunday, October 15, 2017

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