How can I take part in this program?
You will be selected to participate in TRIEC Mentoring Partnership because you expressed an interest in being mentored, and because you meet the eligibility criteria for the program. (See below)
What are the criteria for taking part in this program?
You can register to be mentored through TRIEC Mentoring Partnership if you:
- Are legally able to work in Canada;
- Have lived in Canada for less than five years;
- Have the English language skills to perform effectively in the workplace in your field;
- Have post-secondary qualifications equivalent to a College or University degree;
- Have a minimum of two years of international work experience in your profession;
- Have limited or no Canadian work experience in your profession;
- Are currently unemployed or underemployed (i.e. you are not working in your field of expertise)
What's my role as a mentee in the program?
As a mentee, you are responsible for your own job search and being an active participant in the mentoring relationship. This includes making sure you keep in touch regularly with both your mentor and coach throughout the program. You are expected to act on advice and connections provided by your mentor.
Will my mentor find me a job?
The mentor’s role is not to find their mentee a job. Their role is to offer you to occupation-specific networks and advice. Mentors can provide you with guidance on how the hiring process works in many companies in the GTA, and may be able to help you prepare for an interview. They will be able to discuss with you the differences between hiring processes in this country and in other countries you have lived in. They will help you understand work culture in Canada.
How long is the mentoring relationship? How many hours a week is involved?
The time commitment is 18 hours during a three-month span. This works out to approximately 1½ hours per week. However, you and your mentor will decide how many hours you spend together each week or month. In addition to your meetings with your mentor, you are expected to conduct job search activities throughout the period of the mentoring relationship. Your coach will support you with this.
Do I meet with my mentor in person?
We recommend that you meet in person, especially for the first few meetings. However, there will be times when online or phone communication will be more convenient and/or effective for both of you.
Will I need any training or support before I register for the program?
Before you are matched with a mentor, you will need 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.
What kind of support will I get during the mentoring relationship?
Before you start meeting with your mentor, 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.
Both you and your mentor will have access to online resources to guide you through your partnership. These mentoring tools offer tips for mentors about how to best coach their mentees. They also contain information for mentees to help them in their job search. You and your mentor can choose which tools will work best for both of you.
All mentors and mentees are also supported by a mentoring coach based at a participating Community Partner organization. Their role is to support you throughout the entire time you are being mentored and respond to your questions and concerns. The coach can refer you to other resources, services and supports to help you in your job search, and troubleshoot or provide advice if any problems come up.
How do I get a mentor?
Mentoring coaches from a Community Partner organization will match you with a mentor based on information about your occupation. Mentors are not involved in the matching process. If you do not feel that the match is right for you, please let the mentoring coach know as early as possible in the relationship.
How do I know who my mentoring coach is?
The coach who first assessed you for the program will become your mentoring coach. They will be your contact person for questions, comments or concerns while you are being mentored.
Can I be mentored through the program more than once?
No. Mentoring is only available to participants once. However, after you have completed the program as a mentee, we’d love to see you come back as a mentor, and share your experiences with another newcomer!
How can I make the most of my mentoring experience?
Open communication is the key to any good relationship. Throughout your time with your mentor, you should be speaking to them about whether or not you are fulfilling the goals you both set out at the beginning. You will also be asked by your mentoring coach to provide feedback on your progress and experience.
What happens if I don't get along with my mentor?
It is normal 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 you and your mentor are not right for each other, the coach will end the mentoring relationship early in the relationship and match you with another mentor.