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The pilot of the Mentoring for International Development program has now completed! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to receive updates about the next installment!  (posted June 25, 2014)

The Undercurrent is launching a Mentoring for International Development program to connect Canadian undergraduate students/recent grads who are passionate about international development with Canadian mentors who have related professional experience!

The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for undergraduates and recent grads to learn about pursuing international development related professional experiences and to be proactive in their early career. Mentors can share their career stories, brainstorm with the mentees, and perhaps provide some guidance on job/internship/grad school applications. This can happen either through email, video chat, or in-person, and in just a couple hours.

Our hope is that a few Canadian undergraduates/recent grads gain some extra info about building professional development into their time as an undergraduate, and how to acquire skills and experience that are valuable in their early career. We also hope that a few Canadians who’ve followed paths related to international development will enjoy sharing their stories and career insights.  Interested in learning more? Click on the info that applies to you:

  • Prospective Mentors, Read This!

    Have you got a few years or more experience in the field of International Development, whether you’re an academic or professional? Have you ever thought about how useful it would have been to talk to someone like yourself during your undergraduate degree?

    The Undercurrent is launching a Mentoring for International Development program, and if you answered yes to the above questions, we’d love to have you join us as a mentor! As a mentor, the time commitment will be minimal– probably around 1-2 hours– and the benefit you’d provide to a young undergrad/recent grad with a passion for international development would be enormous. After we match you with a mentee most-suited to your professional situation, you can communicate with each other either by email, video chat, or in person– whatever way works for you both.

    Here’s the proposed plan for what the mentor’s role would entail:

    1) Share your career story with an undergrad/recent grad who is just starting to create their own

    2) Help your mentee out with a little resume editing, or a job/internship/grad school application. Guidance on how to prepare to apply for things in the near future is useful too!

    3) Brainstorm with your mentee about their options for professional growth and career paths related to international development

    How do you get involved? Register here! Fill out a little form*, upload a resume or provide your LinkedIn profile, and we’ll get back to you shortly! We will match the mentors with mentees by April 5th, and leave it up to you when you schedule your communications. The intention is to have the formal mentoring exchange completed by the end of May 2014.

  • Undergrad/Recent Grad Mentees, Read This!

    Are you a Canadian undergraduate student/recent grad who is either in an international development studies program, or with a serious passion for international development? Do you wonder about building yourself an awesome professional future, and think that a little brainstorming with a mentor experienced in international development would be really helpful?

    Well, The Undercurrent is launching a Mentoring for International Development program, and if you answered yes to the above questions, we’d love to have you join us as a mentee!  As a mentee, your time commitment would be about 1-2 hours preparing questions and materials (such as jobs you’re interested in) for your meeting, and about 1-2 hours of actual conversation with the mentor. After we match you with a mentor most-suited to your professional interests, you can communicate with each other either by email, video chat, or in person– whatever way works for you both.

    Here’s the proposed plan for what the mentee’s role would involve:

    1) Some pre-meeting preparation. We want you to be ready to ask your mentor smart questions that will help you get the most out of your meeting (and we have resources to help you with that, if you’d like!)

    2) Hear about how a mentor developed their international development related career

    3) Receive help with a little resume editing, or a job/internship/grad school application, or just ask for guidance on how to prepare to apply for things in the near future if you’re not currently looking at any specific opportunities.

    4) Brainstorm with your mentor about your options for professional growth and career paths related to international development

    Check out the 7 mentors available and their areas of expertise here.

    How do you get involved? Register with this form! * Once we have mentors registered, we will know how many spots are available for mentees, and in what areas of interest. On March 20th, we will make this information available and open registration! All you have to do is fill out a little form, upload a resume or provide your LinkedIn profile, and we’ll get back to you shortly!

    Mentee sign up will run from March 20th-March 30th. We will match the mentors with mentees by April 5th, and leave it up to you when you schedule your communications. The intention is to have the formal mentoring exchange completed by the end of May 2014.

 Have any questions? We’re super friendly! Just email us: communications@undercurrentjournal.ca

* For security and privacy reasons, you are required to register with our web forum to access our registration form. We will not share your information publicly, nor will we email you unnecessarily.