Mentoring Program Expands to Include Career Advice

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 ntoth@apegga.org.


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