The ACSA Mentorship Program matches an incoming Co-op student with a senior Co-op student or an industry/alumni mentor – you! You will help the student to learn more about the Co-op program and the opportunities that are available to them after graduation.
Why Become a Mentor?
- Network with other Arts Co-op industry/alumni mentors
- Add experience to your resume by taking on a new role in the program
- Improve your communication and leadership skills for your professional development
- Give back some of the support you received from being a part of the Arts Co-op Program
- Share the co-op experiences and resume/cover letter advice you have accrued
- Contribute to building a stronger program and Arts Co-op community at UBC
- Receive a letter of participation signed by our Co-op Director, Julie Walchli
The ACSA Mentorship Program officially runs from December until late April, and it will be up to you and your mentee to decide how and when you will check-in with each other after the Kickoff event in January. This could mean checking in each week via e-mail about various summer job postings, or meeting up once a month to discuss interview techniques and ideas for jobs to apply to. At minimum, we request that mentors communicate with their mentee at least once a month until April (online or offline), and ideally participate in at least one social or professional development activity together. We will give you more guidance about this in the mentor training portion of the Kickoff event. The 2017/2018 Mentorship Chairs are currently working on a timeline for this year’s events. Stay tuned for an update!
If you’re out of town, but would like to become a mentor, we still encourage you to sign up using the form below. You can still provide invaluable advice and guidance for incoming co-op students who will be in the process of applying to jobs and seeking advice on resumes and cover letters. The main mode of communication would be email and skype, and the time commitment would remain the same – establishing contact at least once a month until April.
Read this testimonial from Wendy Chan, former mentee in the Mentorship Program and current Teaching and Learning Content Coordinator at the Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology.
Ready to go?
Watch out for this space for the applications to come out soon!