Mentorship is a knowledge-sharing relationship. The person seeking information and advice is the mentee and the person with the experience is the mentor. These relationships can be both informal and formal. In a formal mentorship relationship, the mentor will often help the mentee to set goals and to be accountable for doing actions to meet those goals.
In a mentorship program for new immigrants to Canada, the mentor and mentee may share professional expertise. The mentor will provide their mentee with an understanding of workplace culture and help to build a business network in their new home. A mentor can be someone born in Canada or another immigrant who has already been through the experience of moving and looking for work in Canada. The mentor and mentee will often share stories and experiences that give each other insight, encouragement, and understanding of each other's situation.
In a mentorship relationship built on common interests, both the mentor and mentee will feel that they are gaining from the relationship.
When looking for a mentor or a mentee, you should take your time and seek out someone who you feel a connection to. A mentor should have the experience and expertise to answer the mentee’s questions and guide them through the job search. But your mentor or mentee should also be someone that likeable and trustworthy. In a mentorship relationship built on common interests, both the mentor and mentee will feel that they are gaining from the relationship. This type of connection helps both partners to build trust and empathy which creates the right environment for meaningful discussions.
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