Aspire to inspire - Volunteer mentor for newcomers
Volunteer Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
6d ago

Description & Details

Do you enjoy sharing your professional experience and engaging with people from diverse backgrounds? Do you have a desire to motivate and inspire others?

Do you like building networks and helping people make connections?

Then YOU would make a great mentor!

We would love you to join our community of volunteer mentors at the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).

TRIEC Mentoring Partnership matches a job-ready newcomer to Canada and a volunteer mentor with a similar professional background.

Mentors help their mentees understand how the local job market works and build vital professional networks in the Greater Toronto Area (GRA).

In return, mentors learn leadership and coaching skills, gain knowledge of international business practices, and are able to better communicate with a diverse range of colleagues and clients.

Mentorship plays a key part in immigrant professionals’ success, as starting out in a new country with a limited professional network, often results in underemployment (taking a job that they are overqualified or underpaid for).

77% of mentees find a job in their occupation or related field within 6 months of completing their partnership.

What we ask :

  • Commit to 18 hours over 3-months. Meetings can be either in person at your preferred place for example, a café, a meeting room and a library - or Phone or Skype
  • Plan to : collaborate with your mentee to help them identify their goals and draft their action plan; share insights about your occupation, industry and Canadian workplace culture generally;
  • identify and facilitate networking and skill building opportunities for your mentee and guide and motivate your mentee in their job search

    What you get :

    TRIEC mentors can access a range of professional development resources including :

  • Workshops build cross-cultural competencies and develop your coaching skills using a solution-focused approach
  • Webinars gain action-orientated tools and tips for supporting your mentee in their job search
  • If you are a member of HRPA or CPA you can claim professional development credits

  • Networking events provide the opportunity to meet new and experienced mentors, and exchange solutions and best practices
  • Mentoring with TRIEC helps you :

  • Enhance your leadership and coaching skills
  • Develop competency in cross-cultural communication
  • Keep up-to-date on the job market and industry trends
  • Give back to the community and your professional sector or field
  • What you need :

  • At least two years of professional experience in your field in Canada
  • A respect for cultural diversity and have a desire to deepen your understanding
  • A commitment to actively support your mentee in their job search
  • A willingness to listen to your mentee and provide advice and introductions relevant to their experience
  • A set of references which you’ll be asked for before starting your partnership
  • What you don’t need :

  • A huge professional network (mentees benefit from your insight into your profession it’s not all about making introductions, though they can help)
  • Decades of work experience (you are there to be a facilitator and to contextualise the Canadian workplace, not to have all the answers)
  • Specific professional experience. Prospective mentors from all industries and occupations are encouraged to apply, however, we are currently experiencing an especially high demand for mentors in Marketing & Sales, Business Development, IT, Healthcare, and Engineering and Architecture.
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