Edwards Mentorship Program

Are you an Edwards 3rd or 4th year B.Comm, MBA, MSc. Finance, or MSc. Marketing student looking for career guidance or someone to inspire you to do better? Consider participating in the Edwards Mentorship Program! A mentor can challenge you, inspire you, and demand that you do your best.

Don't join because you think it might lead you to a job. Rather, consider the mentorship program if you:

  • Want to talk to someone in the field you are considering pursuing as part of your professional development
  • Are serious about committing some time to working with a mentor - mentorship is a two way street
  • Are genuinely interested in bettering yourself

The application deadline is Monday September 26, 11:59pm. Go to careerlink.usask.ca to apply.

All confirmed applicants will be required to book an interview following the application deadline. Applicants will receive an email on the 27th with instructions.

Benefits

Mentors provide:

  • Specific practical information regarding their profession: entry requirements, opportunities for advancement, and employment outlook.
  • Their understanding of personal characteristics required for success in the field, important issues facing the profession, personal rewards, and sources of frustration.
  • Most importantly, mentors can relate a personal account of their own career path from student life to professional career.

Obtain real-life information about potential career fields, personal contacts with working professionals, and experience interviewing in a non-threatening atmosphere.

Become a Protégé - expand your universe!

How to Apply

All Edwards students can apply each September

You must be a current:

  • 3rd or 4th year B.Comm student
  • MSc. Finance student
  • MBA student
  • MSc. Marketing student

The Edwards Mentorship Program accepts applications in early September of each year.

To apply log into CareerLink ->School of Business tab ->Mentorship Tab ->Click on Apply/view my application

For more information, email mentorship@edwards.usask.ca.

Finding Your Own Mentor

Discovering and cultivating a good mentor isn't easy. You should pick someone whom you would like to emulate - someone who excites you and gets you going and who you feel comfortable with. Mentors are people who you can share triumphs, defeats, and new ideas with. In turn you will receive guidance, a nonjudgmental audience, and constructive criticism. Take the initiative and approach an individual you think would make a good mentor. Consider exactly what skills you can learn from them. It may take trial and error to find the right mentor for you but the rewards are endless.

Looking for a mentor can be as simple as getting out there and meeting business professionals. Any encounter can result in an informal' mentorship relationship. Mentors are all around us. You just need to make a conscious effort to take the time to get out into the business world to meet them. Attend luncheons, networking events, business case competitions, etc. All meetings can possibly lead to informal discussions providing insight and mentorship guidance for your future aspirations. If a discussion is going well, consider inviting them out for a coffee to continue the discussions. You may be surprised by what you will discover!

According to Doris Appelbaum, "Professionals do not walk around with badges identifying themselves as future mentors. Be enterprising about finding and keeping mentors. In today's thinned ranks, high-ranking mentors can be hard to come by. Cast a wider net... The best mentors help develop the insight and self-awareness that assist with integrating professional life, personal concerns and core values."

Resource: Doris Appelbaum, founder and president of Appelbaum's Resume Professionals, Inc.

If you missed the opportunity to apply to the Edwards Mentorship Program, there are still opportunities for you to develop informal mentorship relationships. It is up to you to make the effort to put yourself in a position to meet the business professionals out there!

Womentorship

The Edwards School of Business Mentorship Program, along with one of 'Canada's Top 100 Women' & former PotashCorp Senior VP, Betty-Ann Heggie, is proud to announce Womentorship; a mentorship initiative created to promote the advancement of women and organizational enrichment.

Womentorship strategically partners a select group of Protégés (University of Saskatchewan alumni of all ages, stages & backgrounds) with Womentors who have 10 to 15 years senior professional experience. Several tiers of experience will be operating simultaneously. The program consists of one-to-one mentoring sessions (one hour, once per quarter) between Protege and Womentor, as well as professional development, networking, and scholarship opportunities. Membership/commitment lasts for one academic year (Sept-May).  

The annual membership fee for Protégés is $750. Womentors who graciously contribute their expertise and time will receive automatic membership. 

For more information, visit the Womentorship website.