Alumni Mentorship Program 2018-19

Register for the September 19 Information Session!

Alumni Mentorship Program

Overview

Since 2005, the Alumni Mentorship Program has fostered valuable relationships between Skule™ alumni and students. Alumni Mentors share their knowledge and experience and provide students with the encouragement and insights they need to get a great start to their careers and begin to set a course for the future. They enhance students’ educational experience and give back to their alma mater in a unique and rewarding way. Mentors often also learn from their bright young student mentees as they help them navigate important decisions at a critical time in their lives.

The program is open to undergraduate (including Professional Experience Year internship participants), graduate students (MASc, MEng and PhD) and alumni who graduated more than one year ago. Matches meet at the program’s kick-off event held at the beginning of the fall semester. From October through March, mentors and mentees connect informally as they wish, and all matches gather at several program events planned throughout the year.

How it Works

Participants are required to be a member U of T Engineering CONNECT.

Be a Student Mentee

  1. Register for the September 19th Information Session.  The session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.
  2. Apply to seek admission to the AMP before September 26
  3. Wait to receive the news of your approval into the program by September 28 at 5:00pm
  4. Following your offer of acceptance, join the ‘’Alumni Mentorship Program Group’’ within U of T Engineering CONNECT
  5. Register for the ‘Kick Off Event’ taking place October 11 (TBD)
  6. Note the program calendar commitments displayed below. unable to attend in person? Select events will be live streamed.  Notifications will be sent out prior.

What is next?

  1. All year long, with at least seasonal frequency: Update your CONNECT profile – add in some new details about yourself; post a brief description of your experience, background and interests.
  2. Between now and October 10, search the Directory in CONNECT to research and consider which alumni in the AMP Group would be a positive match for your likely inquries.  What could you learn from a variety of graduates and various professionals? Make a short list.  Pick one alumni in the AMP Group and formally ask them to be your mentor using their contact information as found in their profile in CONNECT.  Allow for a time ”buffer” giving them reasonable time to reply within a business day or two. If they do not reply try them by another contact method (LinkedIn details in their account, direct email, CONNECT messaging system, etc…) If three days pass and there is no reply move on to the next ask.  Once an alumni accepts your requests, the ‘get-to-know-them’ stage begins. Share details about your work and goals, history and aspirations, and ask them questions about theirs.
  3. Meet face-to-face in person or via video conference with your mentor once a month.  Keep in touch via email, phone or social media
  4. Stay mindful of the dates on the AMP webpage (this page) – book mark it. Add the dates to your calendar.

Be an Alumni Mentor

  1. Join the ‘’Alumni Mentorship Program Group’’ within U of T Engineering CONNECT
  2. Register for the September 19 info session here
  3. Note the program calendar commitments displayed below. If you live outside of the Greater Toronto Area and are unable to attend in person, some events will be live streamed.  Notifications will be sent out prior.

What is next?

  1. Update your CONNECT profile – add in some new details about yourself; post a brief description of your experience, background and interests.
  2. Between now and October 10, student mentees will formally request mentorship of you.  Accepting their request will be your commitment to the program and to their learning outcomes for 2018-19. You are welcome to take on more than one mentee if you wish to.  The committee recommends accepting one if this is your first year participating.  Stay tuned to your inbox and accept or decline requests for mentorship within 48 hours or sooner. The students are being instructed by us to move on to another alumni mentor if it has been over 3 business days.
  3. Meet in person or via video conference with your student mentee once a month.  Keep in touch via email, phone or social media

Program Calendar

Wednesday, September 19 | 6 p.m. 2018

Information Session

Who:         Student Mentees and Alumni Mentors.

Location:  The Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Room 1130.

  • Light refreshments provided
  • Learn how to use U of T Engineering CONNECT for mentorship
  • Network, ”shop” for a match or matches that might suit you best for your goals this year
  • Consider the event and learning outcomes as well as the year long time line
  • Map

Register for this event NOW

Wednesday, September 26 | before 11 p.m.

Students apply for admission to the Alumni Mentorship Program.

Friday, September 28 | by 5 p.m.

Student mentees will be notified of their admission status into the AMP.

Wednesday, October 3 | before 11 p.m.

All Student Mentees and Alumni Mentors have

1) joined www.uoftengineeringconnect.ca and

2) have joined the Alumni Mentorship Group within CONNECT

Wednesday, October 10 | before 9 a.m.

Matches have formally occurred, initiated by Student Mentees, through the U of T Engineering CONNECT > Alumni Mentorship Program Group’s Directory.  Any students and alumni who are not matched by this date and time will be formally matched by the Committee in anticipation of the October 11 Kick Off event.

Thursday, October 11 | 6 p.m.

Program Kick-off Event

Who:         Student Mentees and Alumni Mentors.

Location:  Myhal Centre, 5th Floor Atrium (Map)

  • Light refreshments will be provided
  • Meet your mentor(s) or mentee(s)
  • Discuss mentorship program goals and complete goal-setting worksheet one-on-one
  • U of T Engineering CONNECT toolkit refresher

Tuesday, October 23 | 7 p.m.

BizSkule Career Series event with YNCN

Location:  Myhal Centre, 5th Floor Atrium (Map)

Light refreshments will be provided. More details will be posted in September.

November 27 | Time TBD

Online learning and professional development: an event between mentors and mentees. Details TBD

November 2018 through March 2019

Mentees select one Leadership Lab to attend, and reflect on the learning outcomes with their mentor post event. A guided reflection outline will be provided by the AMP Committee.

January 16| 5:30 p.m.

An ‘’Improve your Online Presence’’ workshop on strengthening your online brand.  Make effective,  positive changes to your professional development and social media accounts. Learn how to make the web work for you!

  • This event is exclusive to AMP mentees and mentors
  • A professional photographer will be onsite during the 5:30-7:00pm session to take your complimentary photo
  • Dinner provided
  • Location TBD

February

Ask an Expert Event

TBD

April

Closing Event for the Program

TBD

Hosted by the U of T Career Centre, The Engineering Career Centre, Alumni Relations and YNCN.


2018-19 Program Committee

Victor Xin Program Chair, EngSci 0T8 + PEY

Steven Radbourn Faculty Liaison, Office of Advancement 416-978-4274

Sonia De Buglio, Director of Alumni Relations

Sarah Steed, Onilne Alumni Engagement and Marketing Strategist

alumnimentorship@ecf.utoronto.ca


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