Mentees (Graduate Students)
The Geography Graduate Mentorship Program enhances students’ learning experience in and outside of UBC. It provides opportunities for graduates to develop their professional and research networks, which is increasingly important to their long-term success. The exposure they gain through a mentor relationship will also teach them about career expectations outside of academia and challenges they may face upon exiting UBC with their degree. Interested students should contact geog...@geog.ubc.ca
Mentors (Volunteers from the public or private sector)
The Geography Graduate Mentorship Program offers individuals from outside of UBC the opportunity to have a meaningful impact on student success. Mentors have a wealth of experience as well as networks in specialized fields to which mentees may not otherwise have access. In this sense, the mentors are giving back to the next generation of professionals. Mentors volunteer a highly valuable commodity – their time and expertise.
For a mentor application, email geog...@geog.ubc.ca
To offer master-level students the opportunity to develop their networks outside of university and provide a forum for mentors and mentees to share perceptions and experiences, contributing to:
- The development of students’ learning and professional goals.
- Enhanced opportunities for individuals in the field of Geography but outside of university, to share their knowledge and experiences with the next generation of geographers.
- Improve and increase networks available to program participants and the department as a whole.
Participants work together to identify and meet learning objectives. Examples of some mentorship activities (for a mentee) may include:
- Conduct an informational interview
- Research the types of positions or industries the mentee is interested in and review them with the mentor
- Develop questions to ask the mentor based on the mentee’s goals and research.
Attend a workshop or conference together
- Go for coffee or a meal and talk about career interests and accomplishments
- Ask the mentor if they mind sharing personal stories about their work life
- Ask the mentor how they went about finding a job
- Discuss the types of employment that are available in the mentee’s subject area
- Ask about work/life balance
- Share cover letter and resume with the mentor and ask for feedback
For more information about Geography Graduate Mentorship Program, you can email the Program Coordinator at geog...@geog.ubc.ca.