The Professional Leadership Network is UBC Geography’s graduate student mentorship program, which pairs up second year Master’s students with professionals in their specified area of interest.
The initiative is in its third year of running and funded by a TLEF grant through the purpose of enhancing education through industry connections so students get a better sense of what they can expect in their field of study/research outside academia.
This year’s PLN orientation was held on October 29th at Rogue downtown. Fourteen mentors and fifteen mentees were given an opportunity to get to know one another as Stefanie and Alex laid out the program guidelines for this coming academic year. Michael More, a graduate student career advisor from the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers, gave a speech on the importance of mentorship relationships.
Mentees have so far provided positive feedback, citing the intimate atmosphere as a great opportunity to really get to know their mentors on a one-on-one basis.
A special thank you to Stefanie Ickert and Alex Pysklywec for all their hard work in making this year’s orientation possible!