BY NANCY TOTH, MA
Professional Development Manager
APEGGA’s Mentoring Program, launched March 31, is
active and thriving. Initially launched to transfer work-related
soft skills from more experienced to less experienced members,
it has now created a second pool for mentors and protégés
interested in giving or receiving career development advice.
This should be of interest to new graduates, mid-life professionals
in the midst of a career shift, and internationally educated
graduates making the transition into the Canadian geoscience
or engineering communities.
This new pool will enable members who aren’t looking
for specific skills development to seek advice on making
the shift from the academic world to industry, from one career
path to another and from another country to Canada. This
advice, in some instances, will be enhanced with contacts
that may lead to that perfect next career move. Protégés
will want to clarify at the outset whether they are looking
for advice or a job lead or both.
Mindful that there are skills needed to make career transitions,
our software has been customized to accommodate the new employment-related
skill clusters. If asked, mentors will coach and refer protégés
to resources that will assist them in developing stronger
interview skills, networking and writing skills for the preparation
of resumes, and letter writing skills.
Cultural groups already identified people requiring assistance
or members willing to provide it. Manual matching within
groups is possible. The mentoring software will help formalize
your matches and increase the success of the pairs.
If you are an experienced professional member interested
in assisting grads obtain employment in their fields, please
visit the APEGGA website at www.apegga.org. If you have questions,
please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.