1. How did I get selected to participate in this program?
You will have been selected to participate in The Mentoring Partnership based upon your interest in becoming a mentee and because you have met specific eligibility criteria that indicate your readiness for the program.
2. What will my role be as a mentee?
As a mentee in the program, you are responsible for your own job search and being an active participant in the mentoring relationship. This includes ensuring timely and responsive communication with both your mentor and job coach throughout the program. You are expected to follow through on advice and connections provided by your mentor.
3. Will my mentor find me a job?
No. The mentor’s role is not to find the mentee a job. The purpose of the mentoring relationship is to expose you to occupation-specific networks and advice. Mentors can provide you with guidance on how the hiring process works in many companies in Canada, and may be able to assist you with your preparation for an interview. They will be able to discuss with you the differences between hiring processes in this country and in your home country. They will help you understand the work culture and provide insight into “the Canadian way” of doing things.
Your mentor is not responsible for finding you a job and it is important that you do not ask your mentor to get you a job.
4. How long is the mentoring relationship? How many hours a week is involved?
The time commitment is 24 hours during a 4-month span. This works out to approximately 1½ hours per week. However, the time commitment on how many hours per week/ per month will be determined together by you and your mentor.
In addition to your meetings with your mentor, you are expected to be conducting job search activities throughout the period of the mentoring relationship. Your coach supports you in this activity.
5. Do I meet with my mentor in person?
It is recommended that you meet in person, especially for the first few meetings. However, there will be times when on-line or phone communication will be more convenient and/ or effective for both of you.
6. What kind of job preparedness training will I receive prior to the mentoring relationship?
Prior to being matched with a mentor, all mentees are required to take part in a job search program which will teach you the basics of how to find a job in the Canadian market. You will also be asked to participate in workshops on resume writing and interview skills as part of the training at the community partner organization where you were originally screened.
7. What kind of support will I receive during the mentoring relationship?
Prior to the start of the mentoring relationship, you will be provided with resources and an invitation to take part in a mentee orientation session to learn more about your roles and responsibilities.
Each matched pair is also supported by a mentoring coach based at a participating community partner organization. Their role is to assist you throughout the entire mentoring relationship and respond to your questions and concerns. The coach can refer you to other resources, services and supports to assist you in your job search, and troubleshoot or provide advice if problems arise in the mentoring relationship.
8. How will I get a mentor?
Mentoring coaches from a participating community partner organization will match you with a mentor based on your profile and a personal interview. Mentors are not involved in the early screening or matching process.
9. On what basis are the matches made between mentors and mentees?
Matches between mentors and mentees are made according to shared occupation and industry. The program’s MentorMatch tool generates a recommended match by using the National Occupation Codes (NOC) and Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes completed by the mentor and mentee at the time of registration.The coach consults the mentor and mentee regarding the suitability of the match and confirms the match if both mentor and mentee agree to it. If you do not feel that the match is appropriate, please ensure you communicate this feedback to the mentoring coach prior to being matched or as early as possible in the relationship.
10. How will I be assigned a mentoring coach for my mentoring relationship?
The coach who conducted the initial screening with you is your coach. This is your contact person for questions, comments or concerns during the mentoring relationship.
11. Can I have more than one mentor?
12. How can I make the most of my mentoring relationship?
Open communication is the key to any good relationship. Throughout the mentoring relationship you should be speaking with your mentor about whether or not you are fulfilling the goals set out at the beginning. You will also be asked by your mentoring coach to provide feedback on your progress and experience throughout the mentoring relationship.
13. What happens if I don’t get along with my mentor?
It is natural that not all relationships will be perfect. If you find yourself in a situation where conflict or any other problem has developed, please contact your mentoring coach. The coach will work with you to resolve issues. If the match is inappropriate the coach will terminate the mentoring relationship early in the relationship and rematch you.