Need a Mentor?
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Are you an Edwards student looking for career guidance or someone to inspire you to do better? Consider participating in Edwards Mentorship Program! A mentor can challenge you, inspire you and demand that you do your best.
Don't join because you think it might lead you to a job, rather, consider the mentorship program if you:
- Want to talk to someone in the field you are considering pursuing as part of your professional development;
- Are serious about committing some time to working with a mentor; mentorship is a two way street;
- Are genuinely interested in bettering yourself
- Specific practical information regarding their profession: entry requirements, opportunities for advancement and employment outlook.
- Their understanding of personal characteristics for success in the field, important issues facing the profession, personal rewards and sources of frustration.
- Most importantly, mentors can relate a personal account of their own career path from student life to your professional career.
Gain real-life information about potential career fields, personal contacts with working professionals and interviewing experience in a non-threatening atmosphere. Become a Protégé - expand your universe!
Read more about the 2012/13 program for you the undergraduate business student!.
Applications for the fall 2013/14 program will be available in late August 2013.
The Edwards Mentorship Program is run by young, enthusiastic, upper year undergraduate business students. Contact any of the following individuals listed below.
Rebecca Fradette at firstname.lastname@example.orgFinding a mentor on your own
Discovering and cultivating a good mentor isn't easy. You should pick someone whom you would like to emulate - someone who excites you and gets you going and with whom you feel comfortable.
Mentors are people with whom you can share triumphs, defeats and new ideas, receiving in turn guidance, a nonjudgmental audience and constructive criticism. Take the initiative and approach the individual whom you think would make a good mentor. Consider exactly what skills you can learn from them.
Look for mentors in areas that will be relevant to your career and who will provide a reality check. Find someone who has experience in your chosen career field and is in touch with the real world. Evaluate the potential mentor:
- Is he or she encouraging and respectful of your goals?
- Do you receive regular feedback?
- Does your mentor facilitate your participation in organizations and committees, help you stretch?
- Does your mentor make professional connections for you?
- Can you communicate easily with your mentor? Do you respect them?
Where do you find them?
Professionals do not walk around with badges identifying themselves as future mentors. Be enterprising about finding and keeping mentors. In today's thinned ranks, high-ranking mentors can be hard to come by. Cast a wider net. Aggressiveness might provoke resentment.
The best mentors help develop the insight and self-awareness that assist with integrating professional life, personal concerns and core values.
Do not rely on one mentor; no individual can supply all the guidance you need. Old-style mentoring has been replaced by the need to build constituencies. Just as you have to manage your own career, you have to create your own board of advisers. The best way to find multiple mentors is to join and attend professional organizations, networking with as many people as you can.
Resource: Doris Appelbaum, founder and president of Appelbaum's Resume Professionals, Inc.
The Edwards School of Business Mentorship Program, along with one of 'Canada's Top 100 Women' & former PotashCorp Senior VP, Betty-Ann Heggie, is proud to announce 'Womentorship'; a new mentorship initiative created to promote the advancement of women and organizational enrichment.
Womentorship strategically partners a select group of Protégés (University of Saskatchewan alumni of all ages, stages & backgrounds) with Womentors who have 10 to 15 years senior professional experience. Several tiers of experience will be operating simultaneously. The program consists of one-to-one mentoring sessions (one hour, once per quarter) between Protege and Womentor, as well as professional development, networking and scholarship opportunities. Membership/commitment lasts for one academic year (Sept-May).
The annual membership fee for Protégés is $500. Womentors who graciously contribute their expertise and time will receive automatic membership.
For more information, visit the Womentorship website or contact Maryann Ross via e-mail at email@example.com or telephone at 306.966.2586.