Sean Pimenta is Senior Manager, Card Production & Invoicing Operations at RBC. Sean is a mentor with the TRIEC Mentoring Partnership. He was recently recognized as a 10-time mentor for his contribution and leadership helping newcomers succeed in the Canadian workforce.
What motivates you to keep coming back as a mentor?
Over my career, I have been fortunate to be mentored by many great leaders. When I arrived in Canada in 2006, it took me some time to learn and adapt, but helping me through this was family, friends and prior colleagues that had come before me and were willing to help.
As I met people and made new friends, I came to the realization that not everyone who arrives in Canada has someone to help them, and I decided it was time for me to pay it forward. Witnessing people fulfil their dreams of coming to Canada and knowing I had a small part to play is a huge motivation that brings me back year after year.
What would be your top tip for a new volunteer mentor?
Don’t question yourself about what you have to offer – just be yourself, share your knowledge, provide insights and support your mentee in any way possible. And most importantly, get ready to improve on or learn some new skills.
What has been your top aha mentoring moment?
There have been so many aha moments over the years, but the memorable ones are when I work with a mentee on something new and they get that interview call and job offer.
Has becoming a mentor also helped you succeed in your own career? If so, how?
Without a doubt mentoring has definitely helped me succeed in my career. There are so many skills you get to practice – coaching, listening, communication, social media, networking, presentation, etc. The list goes on.
I have also been blessed to learn about life and culture from so many countries around the world through the background and experiences of my mentees. Working with people from different backgrounds, I have observed how they approach situations very differently and this has taught me the importance for organizations and teams to have a diverse workforce for success.
In one sentence, describe the importance of mentoring during these uncertain times?
A successful career has and always will need mentors. With the current situation it has made it tough for many people to network, seek advice and find jobs. Mentors can help by continuing to support activities like networking and providing advice that is relevant to the changing circumstances.