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Mentees FAQ

Why should I apply?

We invite you to participate in the new Faculty of Science (FoS) Mentoring Program if you:

  • Have questions about your future or direction in a given career
  • Want to learn about an industry first hand
  • Would like to be mentored by an UM Alumni professional or industry leader in your field of interest

If any of these points are of interest to you, then we welcome your participating in the FoS mentoring program.

What can the FoS Mentoring Program do for me?

The FoS Mentoring Program will teach skills in professional communication, teamwork, project management, knowledge in a given field, leadership abilities, and enhance career development for participating students. The program will increase students’ satisfaction in their academic studies and personal fulfilment, and provide insight into career options in their area of interest.

Is this a way to find a job post-graduation and is there a cost to apply?

No, this is not a job program, however the industry connections you make during your time with your mentor could be valuable later in your career. There is no cost associated with the FoS Mentoring Program.

What are the acceptance criteria?

We are looking for diverse students who will make a commitment to participating in the program. If you are a second-year undergraduate student or higher, matriculating full time, in a FoS department, you are eligible to apply to the FoS Mentoring Program. We also ask that you abide by the University of Manitoba faculty and student code of conduct and adhere to confidentially agreements.

Whom do I contact to learn more about the program?

Please contact Vicky Harris, Science Engagement Coordinator at Victoria.harris@umanitoba.ca for more information regarding the FoS Mentoring Program.

How do I apply to be a student in the FoS Mentoring Program?

You may apply online (reopening Summer 2019) to be a mentee in the FoS Mentoring Program. You will be asked:

  • To follow the instructions provided
  • Provide an updated resume/CV
  • Why you want to be part of the program
  • To describe your main interests and goals

We ask information-gathering questions to determine your mentor match. Successful matches are key to a positive mentoring experience. The application process should take approximately 11 minutes to complete.

How does the FoS Mentoring Program work?

Before the start of the Mentoring Program, every student and mentor will fill out a questionnaire, gauging their availability, interests, and field of study/work.  After the application has been processed and an initial interview conducted, if accepted the student will be matched with an industry professional who has volunteered his or her time to participate in the program.

What kind of commitments does the FoS Mentoring Program have?

  • There will be an orientation, events, and questionnaires over the course of the academic year, which will all assist in progressing your relationship with your mentor.  The 2019-20 school year will include both semesters.
  • While we would like each student and mentor pairing to meet as often as possible, minimally there should be a one-hour monthly contact between student and mentor. The student will be responsible for contacting the mentor. We will help the students to facilitate the development of their mentorship.
  • We will supply the student with an email link to keep a log of all student and mentor meetings and discussions.
  • The student is required to be available by email and phone.
  • The student will be asked to produce a LinkedIn account while in the program.

What do I do now that I am accepted?

The program coordinator will contact you to provide the mentor’s name and contact information.  There will also be:

  • Documents to sign regarding roles and responsibilities for both mentor and student
  • A mentorship commitment statement
  • Additional summary information

How do I contact the mentor?

The program coordinator will send an introductory email to both mentor and student. The student will make the initial contact with the mentor. The FoS Mentoring Program will host an inaugural event for all mentors and mentees, as an opportunity for student and mentor to meet.  If the mentor is not located in Winnipeg, the student will receive the mentor’s contact information to arrange a Skype style meeting with the mentor.

What discussions should I have with my mentor?

You may have a professional discussion with your mentor, that include, but are not limited to, topics such as:

  • Career goals
  • Networking
  • Company structure and operations

Part of the success of a mentoring program is the development of your professional relationship with your mentor.

What happens if the mentoring relationship is not working?

We want the student and your experiences to be successful. The program coordinator will available on a continuous basis to provide support and offer guidance, and will facilitate requests as they arise.