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Mentoring ProgramArriving in a new country involves a series of emotional and professional changes and challenges that may generate feelings such as, isolation, uncertainty and even frustration. All this can happen due to lack of knowledge about several cultural aspects involved in the labour market, insufficient language skills or other particular issues that may arrise.
With this in mind, the CCPA has created a new Mentoring Program that supports all new Latin American professionals arriving in Canada. This program will be a powerful tool for qualified newcomers to contact successful Latin American or Canadian professionals who will support them in their search and achievement of professional goals. In other words, the CCPA Mentoring Program bridges the distance between successfully established professionals and new coming professionals, through several mechanisms such as an internet forum that will aid in the process of adaptation to the new country.
Terms used in this ProgramMentor: Someone who has been working a minimum of two years in Canada as a professional.
Protégé: Is a skilled professional who has recently arrived in Canada, but has not yet succeeded in achieving his/her occupational goals.
CCPA Mentoring Program ObjectiveThe aim of the CCPA Mentoring Program is to provide support to Latin American professionals in search of employment in their professional field.
This program is provided to the new professional in Canada by a MENTOR who is employed in his field of specialization.
The CCPA Mentors community
What is a mentor?CCPA Mentors are Latin Americans or Canadians who have succeeded in achieving a good position in their professional field. Mentors are volunteers who assist new professionals by sharing their own experiences and offering guidance and support. They work with PROTEGES in order to counsel them on how to obtain the necessary skills, credentials, licenses and different ways of finding employment in their specific field of expertise. Mentors help Protégés obtain valuable information necessary to achieve career goals, and at the same time they help them feel much better in their new Country, Canada.
Characteristics and benefits of Becoming a CCPA MentorIf you are considering becoming part of the CCPA Mentoring Community, here are some of the benefits and characteristics of this program:
- Mentors interact with other Mentors regularly in groups and through online discussion groups. This enhances the development of a professional network.
- Flexibility in schedules.
- Mentors can work with their Protégés from their own home.
- Mentors share knowledge, experience and skills with people of their same field.
- Mentors contribute in the adaptation and progress of new Latin American immigrants in Canada.
- Mentors will receive training and support for the program
- Free Membership in the CCPA while being a Mentor (with some restrictions)
- Mentors could be recognized for this volunteering and use it on their resume
- Public Recognition for their work in the annual meeting of the CCPA.
- It’s an opportunity to contribute to the socio-economic development of Canada and the advancement of new professionals.
CCPA MENTORS.To become a CCPA Mentor, you must meet the following requirements:
- Have full understanding of the challenges a new professional is facing.
- Be working in the same professional field or be a business person and have work experience in Canada.
- Take part of at least 90% of the Mentor training program.
- Understand and know about the culture and labour market as well as the current demand for professionals in the field.
- Have positive attitude towards Canada and its culture.
Note: CCPA Mentoring Program is not meant for selling products, services or for marketing of any kind.
The CCPA Protégé Community.
What is a Protégé?CCPA Protégés are professionals who have just arrived in Canada and are potential new Canadians, but have not yet been successful in reaching their occupational goals. Together Protégés and Mentors share their profession and abilities in order to build an aid plan that will can help them find suitable employment in Canada.
The Benefits of Becoming a CCPA ProtégéIf you are considering becoming part of the CCPA Protégé Community, here are some of the benefits and characteristics of the program:
- Opportunity to learn more about your professional area, business or trade in relation to Canadian culture and economy.
- Chance to create a professional network of contacts.
- Learning of clear terminology and vocabulary that is used in your professional field.
- Valuable guide and support from the Mentor.
- Opportunity to receive information about certifications, licensing and educational requirements in your professional field.
- Revision of your resume and recommendations for job interviews
- Sharing of valuable experiences from the Mentor
- Opportunity of meeting with different professionals.
CCPA ProtégésIn order to become a CCPA Protégé, you must meet the following requirements:
- To be a member of the CCPA. (Special Membership for Protégés)
- To be a newcomer and to be very interested in relocating to Canada.
- To have a minimum of 2 years of related work experience prior to arriving in Canada
- To be able to communicate in English.
- To have access to a specific e-mail account.
- Not to have had any experience in their professional field in Canada
- To have a minimum of 15-20 hours per week to look for a job.
- To be motivated to accept the recommendations given by the Mentor.
If you meet all these criteria, you might become a CCPA Protégé. Please read the rules of conduct and fill out the on-line form that will be sent to you by our Mentoring Leader. Your application will be checked and the Mentoring Leader will contact you, to confirm details. Once we have your profile we will provide you with a list of CCPA Mentors. You must choose a Mentor and when you have been accepted by him/her, you must determine the terms for time and work plan. In case that your selected CCPA Mentor does not respond within the next three days, please select another potential Mentor. If you have any difficulty, please, contact the Mentor’s Leader.
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