Building your career was hard enough. Now imagine having to start it all over again.
Remember what it was like getting your career started? Building your network from scratch. Conducting information interviews to understand your industry. Figuring out the best way to ask if someone was hiring. Now imagine leaving your established career behind and starting all over again in a new and unfamiliar country.
Every year, thousands of internationally trained engineers, architects, finance, business and IT professionals settle in Canada looking for a safe and secure life for their families. Newcomers to Canada are often highly educated and experienced with lots to offer an employer. But they lack connections, local knowledge and professional support.
This is where you can make a difference.
Sharing your professional knowledge and advice can have a huge impact on a newcomer’s life.
Starting a new life in a new country is hard. Your guidance and support to a newcomer can quickly put them on the path to success.
How you can help
A good mentor can provide:
- Industry specific insights into Canadian workplace culture and trends
- Information about professional licensing, credential and educational requirements
- Job search strategies and support
- Professional language and terminology
- Professional networking creation and support
If you’ve got professional expertise in a certain field or industry, we can match you with an international newcomer immigrating to Canada. A good mentor is also able to offer tips and advice on settling in Canada, from suggesting good neighbourhoods and schools for arriving families to finding local resources like professional associations or networking opportunities.
If you are out-going, friendly and want to share your knowledge with internationally trained professionals from around the world, being a mentor could be right for you!
Am I qualified to be a mentor?
We’re looking for mentors who are:
- Currently employed or newly retired
- Up-to-date on the professional requirements needed in their field
- Have at least 2 to 3 years Canadian work experience
You are established in your field of expertise and are able to offer specific insight to help newcomers connect with opportunities that match their international education and experience.
How does mentoring work?
Mentoring internationally trained professionals is done through JVS Toronto’s online platform called canadainfonet.org.
You will be matched with an internationally trained newcomer in your field of expertise. Online mentoring is conducted for 10 weeks through a private discussion board. Mentors usually spend around one hour a week with their mentees.
Share your expertise and wisdom with someone who respects your experience and values your unique know-how.
Become a mentor
Contact us to learn how to become a mentor.