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What is the McGill Mentor Program?

The McGill Mentor Program is designed to connect current McGill students with McGill alumni to assist students in achieving their highest potential as they explore career options. Through the program, students establish ties with professionals who can offer valuable advice about their career options and information about jobs, organizations and industries.

The relationship between mentors and mentees is viewed as a partnership. Participation of both parties is voluntary, and thus the success of the exchange is dependent on the commitment of both the mentee and the mentor. Meetings between mentor and mentee are as flexible as the participants desire them to be: they can occur as often as it is convenient and range from casual exchanges to formal meetings. Sometimes mentors who live outside of Montreal communicate with students by email or telephone. The length of each Mentor Match is approximately 4 months; however it may be extended to 8 months at the request of the mentee or mentor.

The Mentor Program is not intended as a job placement service for students, but is offered as a tool for students seeking career path advice from successful and experienced McGill alumni.


History of the McGill Mentor Program

The McGill Mentor Program, which traces its roots back to 1995, was founded by the Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR) to help students in their search for advice, direction and a glimpse of reality in regards to what their futures might have in store. Since its establishment, it has helped hundreds of students meet McGill alumni and staff who are leaders in their fields, industries and communities. The program is now managed through a partnership between the McGill Alumni Association (MAA) and the Career Planning Service (CaPS).

Information for Mentees

What are the benefits of joining the McGill Mentor Program?

  • The ability to receive tips on developing a professional image
  • The opportunity to clarify your career goals
  • Knowledge concerning business ethics and etiquette
  • Networking contacts
  • Enhancement of your employability
  • Exposure to the work place

The Role of the Student:

The role of the student needs to be proactive. It is imperative that the student has:

  • Self-awareness: Clarify to yourself and your mentor where you are in your career and specify what your goals are for the duration of the program.
  • An active role: Initiate contact with your mentor, be responsive and offer constructive feedback. It is important that you do the homework between mentoring sessions and approach your mentor with possible solutions to the challenges you would like help with.
  • Professional etiquette: Respect the Mentor’s time and contribution to the program, keep their personal information confidential and use proper business etiquette.

Commitment Requirements:

  • Attend a CV drop-in session to get your CV revised
  • Attend a CaPS  networking workshop
  • Schedule an appointment with the Mentor Program Coordinator
  • Commitment of one semester and a minimum of the equivalent of two hour long phone calls with your mentor

Eligibility:

  • Current McGill students completing a undergraduate, graduate or doctorate degree
  • Recent McGill graduates (up to 1 year after graduation)
  • Continuing Education students who have opted into CaPS Services

Information for Mentors

What are the benefits of joining the McGill Mentor Program?

  • A reinforced sense of belonging to the McGill community
  • Opportunity to enhance inter-personal and leadership skills
  • An opportunity to acquaint yourself with upcoming talent

Role of the Mentor:

A mentor provides advice, support and offers guidance to their mentees. A mentor should strive to:

  • Listen: Listen-actively and patiently to the mentee’s concerns, questions and thoughts.
  • Share experiences: Both positive and negative so the mentee can get a realistic view of that particular career path.
  • Gives constructive feedback: Share what you noticed about the mentee’s comments, offer advice and challenge your mentee to make decisions so they may become an independent problem solver.

Eligibility:

  • McGill alumni who completed their undergraduate, graduate or doctoral studies at McGill University

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the McGill Mentor Program?

The McGill Mentor Program is a joint project between the Career Planning Service (CaPS), the McGill Alumni Association (MAA) and the Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR). Through the program, students may establish ties with professionals who can offer valuable advice about career opportunities, job requirements, duties and career/life balance information found beyond the classroom.

Who are the mentors?

Mentors are McGill Alumni of all ages and backgrounds with one thing in common: a willingness to provide advice and share their experiences with McGill students.

What are the benefits of participating?

You will have the opportunity to correspond with someone in your field of interest who can answer a variety of questions regarding your career aspirations. The Mentor Program gives you the rare opportunity to enter into a professional relationship that can help shape your career path by giving you “insider” information.

What kinds of information can a mentor provide?

Your mentor can provide you with personal insights, knowledge, and know-how concerning their industry, past career related experiences, interviewing, résumés and job hunting. The possibilities are endless!

How do I apply?

Browse the “List of Available Mentors” found on the Mentor Program website and choose two mentors (a first and second choice). Then, click on “Online Application” and fill out the required information, including the James ID number of your chosen mentors. The Mentor Program Coordinator will contact you shortly to come and pick up your mentor’s contact information, as well as to provide you with information about corresponding with your mentor. If you do not see a mentor that is of interest to you, you may still apply and will be matched once a new mentor in your industry is available. Mentors in certain industries may be more difficult to find than others, and we will make every effort to match all students.

As a Continuing Education Student, may I apply for a McGill Mentor?

In order to apply for a Mentor, you must be eligible to use CaPS Services. As a Continuing Education Student you are not eligible to use CaPS services but you may opt-in by paying either the Student Service Fee or the CaPS fee ($52) each semester. For more information please visit the Continuing Education Eligibility Requirements section of our website.

I am an undergraduate and I want a grad student to be my mentor. Is that possible?

Yes. Currently we do have a few graduate students who have applied for the program as mentors. While they are fewer in number than working professionals, it is possible to be matched with a graduate student.

Is the mentor program open to graduate students?

Yes, as a McGill graduate student you may apply for a mentor.

What if there isn't a mentor in the field that I have requested?

We will make the every effort to try to recruit one specific to your needs. If that is not possible, will match you with someone of closest relevance to you choice.

After I graduate next year, can I be a mentor?

Yes. All alumni are encouraged to join, no matter how recently they graduated.

Can I have more than one mentor?

Since mentors are limited, we allow students only one mentor at a time. Once your match is completed, however, you may apply for a new mentor. There is no limit to the number of consecutive mentors you may have.

How long can I keep my mentor?

You are assigned a mentor for a maximum of two semesters. Depending on the nature of your match, you may be in contact with a mentor for a shorter amount of time. You are permitted to keep in contact with your mentor after the match has completed, but that is at the discretion of the mentor. Note that any extra-program contact will not be monitored by CaPS. For more information, please speak to a coordinator.


If you have a question that has not been addressed in this list, please contact the mentor program coordinator at mentor [dot] caps [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Contact Info

For more information about the McGill Mentor Program or how to join the program, please contact:

Muhammad Omer Juma
Mentor Program Coordinator
Tel: 514-398-3304 x0761
Email: mentor [dot] caps [at] mcgill [dot] ca


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