for more information please contact:

Danya Chmelyk
Manager, Programs & Services

780.425.0626
Email: danyac@aset.ab.ca

Mentoring Partnerships

Mentoring partnerships are formed with students, junior ASET members, or internationally-trained professionals who seek in-depth career advice and support. 

Mentors who participate in a mentoring partnership may choose to form an informal connection with their mentee (e.g., correspondence via phone, email, or Skype) or choose to establish a more formal mentoring relationship with face-to-face meetings.

The mentoring partnership is designed to be as flexible as possible in recognition of the challenges, such as geographical distance and time commitment that face our volunteers and participants. The mentor and mentee are encouraged to discuss and establish an approach that best meets their needs.

There are two types of parternerships that can be explored through the program:

 

​​Mentoring Partnership
  • Long-term match driven by in-depth career guidance
    • Examples:  
      • Junior ASET members wants to network and build career development strategies. 
      • Internationally-trained professionals aiming to gain a better understanding of the Canadian workplace.
      • ASET Member seeking to develop more effective job search strategies and build a local professional network.
 
​Career Investigation
  • Short-term match driven by discipline specific questions
    • ​Examples:  
      • Post-secondary students seeking specific advice about the profession or discipline
      • High school students completing a Career Investigation Report. 
      • ASET member wanting to learn more about a different discipline.  

Become a Mentor/Mentee

ASET Mentoring Program

Mentees:

All applications are screened and assessed by ASET prior to acceptance into the program.  If a suitable mentor is available, the member will be matched with a technology professional in their field of interest. 

Mentors:

Any Regular or Retired ASET member in good standing can apply to volunteer as a mentor. Mentors have at least three years of experience in their field of expertise and sufficient knowledge to speak to a mentee about their industry and occupation. ASET mentors assist:

  • High-school and post-secondary students to learn more about the profession and make decisions about their careers; 
  • Junior ASET members to network, explore career changes, and build career development strategies; and
  • Internationally-trained professionals to better understand their profession in Canada and Canadian workplace culture, as well as to network, explore career options, and build career development strategies. 

ASET mentors can use participation in the program to complete one of their annual Continuing Professional Development requirements (one Peer and Professional Interaction activity). 

Note: Internationally-trained professionals applying for the ASET Mentoring program must:

  • Be an ASET Technologist/Technician-in-Training in good standing
  • Be employed in their area of expertise
  • Commit the time to work towards a successful mentoring relationship

ERIEC Career Mentorship Program

If you are an internationally-trained professional in applied science or engineering technology and are currently unemployed or underemployed in Alberta you may qualify for mentoring support via the ASET partnership with the Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council. To qualify for mentoring with the ERIEC, the mentee must:

  • Be a landed immigrant or permanent resident
  • Be ready for employment in their area of expertise
  • Be unemployed or underemployed
  • Have a job ready resume and have completed a job search workshop 
  • Have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent post secondary education obtained outside Canada
  • Have at least three years work experience in their area of expertise outside Canada and no prior Canadian work experience in their field
  • Have completed an international qualifications assessment, e.g. IQAS 
  • Have Canadian Language Benchmark level 7 or higher in English or equivalent 
  • Commit the time to work towards a successful mentoring relationship 

If accepted into the ERIEC Career Mentorship Program, the mentee must attend an orientation session hosted by ERIEC. Mentees and mentors in the ERIEC program meet up to a minimum of 24 hours over a four-month period. Mentees and mentors must attend monthly 2-hour intercultural workshops. ERIEC staff will support the mentee throughout the mentoring process. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Q:Can a mentor help with job searching?

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Q:Can I be matched with more than one mentor/mentee?

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Q:How are matches made?

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Q:How long does the match last for? / How many times should we meet?

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Q:I have not heard from my mentor/mentee.

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Q:Is there a format to follow when in a mentoring match?

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Q:My mentor/mentee lives far away; how are we going to connect?

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Q:What if my match is not successful?

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Q:What is the application and mentoring process?

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