Pradip Jaitly is a Civil Engineer and has worked in Construction and Project Management of Residential & Commercial/Office High rise buildings. He previously worked on a prestigious project in Dubai, which has been acknowledged in the Guinness Books of World record, for the tallest Twin Towers – 5 Star Hotel building.  

Pradip has mentored 20 newcomers in the TRIEC Mentoring Partnership program. He shares his mentoring story to celebrate this incredible milestone. 

What motivates you to keep coming back as a mentor?  

Having over three decades of professional experience, I am at that stage of my life, wherein I would love to help people grow and achieve what they want. It gives me pleasure to help society and give back, whichever way I can. I can spare time and help, and this is what I love to do. It is not only that I am helping them, but I am also learning at the same time. Meeting different people from diverse cultures and ethnicities is something which I cherish. 

What would be your top tip for a new volunteer mentor?  

Have empathy and listen to what your mentees are sharing with you and do not impose your thoughts. 

What has been your top aha mentoring moment? 

When a mentee emails me, that they were successful in achieving their goals, and acknowledging my efforts and help. It is the best moment for me. 

Has becoming a mentor also helped you succeed in your own career? If so, how? 

What I experienced as a mentor is looking beyond the cultures and ethnicity. I am a person who tries to learn from all. I am a firm believer that every individual is unique and has something to offer. Whether you take it or not, it is up to you, and I would like to learn anything which is a unique experience in life. 

In one sentence, describe the importance of mentoring for newcomers starting their career in Canada?  

A newcomer in an unfamiliar environment needs a helping hand and a mentor is the person who can lend that hand to make them feel comfortable in their new surroundings. 

Inspired by Pradip’s story and interested in mentoring newcomers to Canada? Find out more about becoming a mentor.   

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