The Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC) offers the Edmonton corporate sector a strategic approach to addressing talent attraction and talent retention issues that are affecting their bottom line. When management and human resources professionals are engaged in ERIEC‘s Career Mentorship program, a shift begins to a corporate culture of belonging and understanding that is attractive to the top talent in a diverse marketplace. By engaging as mentors, local business professionals improve their cross-cultural leadership and management skills, develop intercultural competencies and have ‘no strings attached’ opportunities to assess potential recruits for their organizations without incurring professional development or recruitment costs.
Mentors help prepare mentees to be more effective in their job search and to improve their job readiness by introducing them to professional networks and providing advice related to their chosen professions. A mentor does not find the mentee a job.
Career Mentees are newcomers who have the language, knowledge, and business experience to succeed in the workplace but need the opportunity to get their foot in the door. A Career Mentee is an individual who wants to work with an experienced individual; seeking information, knowledge, advice, and support required to achieve certain career goals.
Who is a Mentee?
Mentees are skilled immigrants who have the language, knowledge, and professional experience to succeed in the workplace but need the opportunity to build professional networks. A mentee wants to work with an established professional; seeking information, knowledge, advice, and support required to achieve certain career goals.
Eligibility for mentorship in Canada
To apply for the mentorship program at ERIEC you must be:
- a landed immigrant or permanent resident
- unemployed or underemployed
- actively searching for employment in your profession
- skilled in the English language enough to perform effectively in the workplace (usually Canadian Language Benchmark level 7 or higher or equivalent)
- educated and have 2+ years of experience in your field outside of Canada
- changing careers in Canada and have the education to support the change
- job-ready and have a resume and have completed (or willing to take) a job search workshop
- willing to commit to a mentoring relationship and some availability during business hours.
David Singh moved to Canada from India 6 years ago. He loves sharing his experiences with other newcomers to Canada in the hope that they are able to settle here with ease.