Help students prepare for life after university, exploring career choices and developing the skills they need for the ever evolving work environment.
“I have been a mentor at New College for the last 8 years. It has been very rewarding to work with students who are interested in going to medical school. I even do mock interviews with them. Now some of them are in medical school and have invited me to talk to their class about my interests in case management.”
— Raymond Rupert MD (New College). MBA (Rotman). Founder/Medical Director, Rupert Case Management Inc.
What do we mean by mentoring?
Mentoring is about supporting people to help them develop more effectively. Mentoring occurs when two individuals decide to work together to achieve specific outcomes for skills growth and development. One individual has the skill, knowledge and experience that the other individual needs to acquire.
Mentoring can help students prepare for life after university. It creates an environment to develop and practice important skills needed for the workplace. It allows them to ask questions, to better understand their career choices and gives them a practical and realistic picture of the working world. It helps these students create their network of contacts with individuals in their area of interest.
Ideal candidates for mentoring are students who are interested in a mentoring relationship that allows them to commit time to self-assessment of their skills and career ambitions. The mentoring relationship will allow them to create a plan of action to help them achieve their goals.
An ideal mentee
- Interested in and available to work on self-assessment, formulate plans for career development and set goals for achievement
- Committed to meeting and keeping in contact with mentor on a regular basis for the duration of the program
- Interested in learning about current workplace issues and potential employers
- Prepared to spend time discussing the transition from student to employee, working on own resume and discussing work of interest
- Interested in building networks in chosen field
- Confidential: treats all dealings and discussions in confidence.
What kind of activities do mentors do?
Possible mentoring activities include:
- Conduct a goal setting session to identify areas that you will work on together
- Provide the student with advice concerning career choices, job applications and the interview process
- Review your student’s resume and give comments
- Refer the student to professional colleagues for informational interviews
- Arrange a meeting for the student to be introduced to an important contact in your field — make suggestions prior to this meeting regarding possible topics of conversation — a debrief session is often helpful afterwards
- Pass on topical articles and books for comment.
- Support by email or by phone on specific issues raises by the student
What are the benefits?
An ideal mentor
- Influential professional with advanced experience and knowledge
- Respected in their field and organization
- Prepared to make a commitment to nurturing and supporting the student’s development
- Shares wisdom
- Skilled at listening and provides supportive guidance and constructive feedback
- Available; keeps in contact
- Confidential; treats all dealings and discussions in confidence
Benefits to you, the mentor, are many:
- The satisfaction of knowing you are helping the student understand the unfamiliar and often daunting world they will face after graduation
- Heightened profile as an active supporter of your community
- Valuable practice to help develop your coaching and leadership skills
- Heightened self-awareness
- The pleasure of giving back
Benefits to the student include:
- Access to wisdom and expertise
- Opportunities for self-assessment
- A personalized career-development plan
- Greater understanding of current business practices
- Introduction to business networks and related supports
- Exposure to the business environment;
- Job search strategies
- Advice, moral support, encouragement