Career Development Mentorship

Career Develpment

The Career Development Mentorship Program matches a CPA mentor to a CPA mentee for a six-month relationship Acknowledging that a CPA’s career is not only limited to their technical skills, the program is designed for CPAs to bring their full-self to mentorship to learn how to bring their whole selves to work. The Program allows mentees to connect with mentors who have diverse experience and knowledge in the workplace, and community. Participants learn to effectively manage career goals, aspirations, and professional development. It provides an expanding network for CPAs to learn, share and engage with their peers on topics about everyday real-life work situations and solutions.

CPA Alberta is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion. The mentorship program facilitates conversation to include diverse experience, abilities, backgrounds, and perspectives to allow people to bring their authentic selves to mentoring. Mentors and mentees have the option to match based on preference for shared language, culture, heritage, geography, gender, parental status, and more.

What to expect from this program:
  • Mentor/mentee match based on job preferences, diversity, and personal priorities
  • Extensive training on mentorship relationships and diversity (see program details)
  • Develop leadership and relationship building skills
  • Design and implement a goal-oriented career plan
  • Access an exclusive online discussion board to engage with your peers
  • Ongoing support from the Mentorship Program coordinators
  • A minimum time investment of three hours per month including meeting prep time and mentor/mentee meetings
  • The official program length is six months, running from September 2022 to March 2023

If you are a CPA Candidate looking for a mentor related to your practical experience requirements, please click here.

Mentorship Application Forms

Register for the Career Development Mentorship Program

Further program details sent to applicants after registration.

The mentorship intake process starts May 2, 2022. Applications close August 15, 2022.

Questions? Email mentorship@cpaalberta.ca or call 780.424.7391 (toll free: 1.800.232.9406)

Program Details

Complete the online form depending on your mentorship role.

All information disclosed by mentors and mentees is confidential to the mentorship program and will only be used for the internal matching process.

The Career Development Mentorship Program is a six-month long commitment. Applications are accepted between May 2 and August 15, 2022 and the formal program starts in September 2022.

Mentors and mentees can expect to meet three (3) hours a month, however, actual meetings times will vary between matches and time spend on attaining goals. 

There is approximately four (4) hours of required mentorship on-boarding training as part of the program, plus additional on-demand professional development opportunities available to mentors and mentees in the area of mentorship skill development as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Mentors and mentees will also be able to engage with peers through an exclusive online discussion board.

Training includes:

  • Mentorship: A two-part virtual on-boarding training (two hours each)
    • Day 1 Training Session: Wed, Sept 21 1:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. MDT or Fri, Sept 23 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. MDT
    • Day 2 Training Session: Wed, Sept 28 1:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. MDT or Fri, Sept 30 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. MDT
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): One on-demand DEI training of your choice through CPA Alberta's PD portal
  • Exclusive access to an online self-paced mentorship course with a practice guide

Resources:

  • Mentors and mentees will be able to engage with fellow peers through an exclusive online discussion board

Why Become a Mentee?

  • Explore different ways to bring your authentic self to the workplace;
  • Career advice related to new positions, career changes and career progression;
  • Formulate realistic career goals;
  • Increase your knowledge of sectors and industries; and
  • Improve enabling skills including relationships, conflict resolution, and engaging with leadership.

Why Become a Mentor?

  • Develop leadership skills;
  • Impact and inspire mentees;
  • Provide career advice, guidance, and share relevant knowledge;
  • Improve relationship building skills;
  • Learn and hear about new perspectives from your mentee; and
  • Challenge your perceptions related to inclusion of diverse backgrounds.
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