Graduate Engineering Mentoring Program





Graduate Engineering Mentoring Program


Graduate Mentoring Program

Participate in the UBC Faculty of Applied Science Graduate Engineering Mentoring Program and explore the unique opportunity to network with industry professionals and gain valuable skills – such as interviewing and professional communication skills – while expanding your knowledge about engineering professions.

Volunteer as a mentor with the UBC Faculty of Applied Science Graduate Engineering Mentoring Program and share your knowledge and experience with students who are defining their career path, expanding their professional network and developing important professional skills.

The program is designed to meet the needs of MASc and PhD students by matching a PhD student with a MASc student as well as an engineer from industry. All students are matched according to related disciplines or interests. All mentors will be matched with two students, one Master’s and one PhD, in a discipline of interest similar to their own.

MENTEE
 
Why participate?
 
As a mentee, you will:

  • Greatly expand your professional network with industry professionals and student peers
  • Increase your exposure to engineering professions and career opportunities
  • Learn from established engineers and gain exposure to new ideas and opportunities
  • Build mentoring and leadership skills through the peer-to-peer mentoring component
  • Get involved with the Faculty of Applied Science and professional societies such as the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
  • Gain the opportunity to develop and reflect on your career goals

MENTORS
 
Why become a mentor?

Many of our mentors tell us that they get as much out of the mentoring program as their mentees! You will benefit from the opportunity to give back to the profession by offering insight to a young professional in your field while strengthening your own coaching and leadership skills. The Graduate Engineering Mentoring Program also offers you the unique opportunity to connect with high-achieving students conducting cutting-edge research. The program events also offer opportunities for you to network with some of your industry peers in an informal setting.

As a mentor, you will:

  • Connect with the vibrant and dynamic engineering community at UBC
  • Share your career experiences and lessons with two graduate students
  • Increase your understanding of the mentoring process and what it takes to be an effective mentor
  • Expand your network by meeting other industry professionals involved in the mentoring program

Mentee Expectations

Your involvement will span the length of the academic year, from September through to the end of April, with a total time commitment of approximately 20 hours. You will:

  • Attend at least two program events, one interest group meetup and one professional development event
  • Meet with your group at least three times over the course of the academic year
  • Be available by phone and email to your group
  • Develop learning objectives with your group, review them periodically throughout the program, and complete a program-end assessment on your shared learning
  • Complete entrance, progress and exit surveys
  • Agree to and abide by the Mentoring Agreement and Code of Conduct

Mentor Expectations

Your involvement will span the length of the academic year, from September through to the end of April, with a total time commitment of approximately 15-20 hours. You will:

  • Attend at least two program events, one interest group meetup and one professional development event
  • Meet with your group at least three times over the course of the academic year
  • Be available by phone and email to your group
  • Develop learning objectives with your mentees, review them periodically throughout the program, and complete a program-end assessment on your shared learning
  • Complete entrance, progress and exit surveys
  • Agree to and abide by the Mentoring Agreement and Code of Conduct

Important Dates

September 30, 2019 Application Deadline
October 17, 2019 Mentoring Kick-Off Event
November 17, 2019 Student Mentee Professional Development Workshop (Only for Mentees)
February 13, 2020 Student Mentee Professional Development Workshop (Only for Mentees)
March 31, 2020 Mentoring Closing Event
Interest Group Meet-ups: Throughout the program

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I be selected for this program?

Provided we have enough mentors to match with student applicants, everyone will be admitted into the program. If there are not enough mentors, students’ online application will evaluated based on their goals and learning outcomes within the program. Student area of study will also be considered in alignment with mentor area of expertise

What is the matching process between mentors and mentees?

Students and mentors submit a biography. These biographies are than compiled and shared with the opposite group. Mentors and students then rank their top three preferences. The Graduate Student Development Officer reviews these rankings and matches students and mentors based on common preference. Supplemental information that is submitted by mentors and students in the program application is also considered (e.g. discipline of study, career interests, hobbies etc…)

What would I do with my mentor?

  • Participate in a mock interview with your mentor
  • Ask to have an informational interview
  • Spend some time or the day at your mentor’s workplace
  • Go for coffee or a meal and talk about career interests and accomplishments
  • Ask them if they mind sharing personal stories about their work life
  • Tour a facility in your field of interest
  • Discuss the goals you have set during your orientation training with the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
  • Ask your mentor how they went about finding a job
  • Discuss the types of employment that are possible with your degree
  • Look at job websites together to explore potential job opportunities
  • Ask about how they maintain a work/life balance
  • Share your cover letter, resume and LinkedIn profile with your mentor and ask for feedback
  • Ask your mentor about possible past experiences they have had as a mentee

What are the backgrounds of mentors in this program?

Mentors in the program have a broad diversity of backgrounds, both academic and professionally. Some are in traditional engineering fields while others have branched off into engineering-lateral fields (e.g. business, consulting, and management). Every year we have different mentors, so we can’t say what the composition of backgrounds will be in any given year. However, we ensure every mentor has a graduate degree or at least 15 years of experience in their chosen field.

What kind of support will I receive during this program?

The Professional Development team has produced a mentoring handbook that provides information and resources that help guide the mentoring process. Further, the Graduate Student Development Officer sends out a mid-point check-in survey to gauge program success and feedback. They are also available for email, phone, or meeting support throughout the program.

What are some of the ways a mentor can help me?

Your mentor can help you in a myriad of ways, but ultimately this comes down to the relationship you develop with your mentor and what areas of professional development you’re looking for support on. A few examples of what mentors have traditionally helped with include: providing information about a particular industry and contacts within it, discussing their career journey and what a student can learn from it, and job-specific knowledge and expertise.

What is the mentor to mentee ratio?

This is a tri-mentoring program (1 mentor, 1 PhD student, and 1 MASc student). So, the ratio is 2:1, students to mentors.

Apply HERE to be a mentee

Apply HERE to be a mentor

Applications for the 2019-2020 Graduate Engineering Mentorship Program are now closed. Please check again in August 2019.
Questions? If you have any questions about the mentorship program, please contact simon.erlich@ubc.ca.

Testimonials
Here’s what program participants shared about the 2018-2019 Graduate Engineering Mentoring Program!

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“It’s a great opportunity to expand your network outside of your age group and outside of your immediate field” – Mentee, 2019

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“The mentoring program is providing the [mentees] with valuable knowledge and experience that will support their future careers” – Mentor, 2019