Career Development Mentorship

Bring your whole self to your work

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The Career Development Mentorship Program is designed for CPAs to bring their full selves to mentorship, to learn how to bring their whole selves to work. 

The program matches a CPA mentor to a CPA mentee for a six-month relationship starting in September 2022.

It allows mentees to connect with mentors who have diverse experience and knowledge in the workplace and community. The program gives mentors and opportunity to learn from the experiences and insights of their mentees and enhance their skills in leadership and communication.

Please note: If you are a CPA Candidate looking for a mentor as part of your practical experience requirements, please visit Practical Experience.

There’s nothing quite like hearing someone who has a similar background or life story as you say: I did this and you’re going to be able to do it too.
Seham Mohamoud Mentee
Being a CPA was a childhood dream for me. I am living my dream, that’s why I am so happy to help others attain that same goal.
Nadine Niba CPA, Mentor
CPA Alberta is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion. The mentorship program facilitates conversations about diverse experiences, abilities, backgrounds, and perspectives to allow people to bring their authentic selves to mentorship. Mentors and mentees have the option to be matched based on their preferences for shared language, culture, heritage, geography, gender, parental status, and more.
  • An opportunity to be matched based on your preferences regarding career, background, and personal priorities
  • Extensive training on mentorship relationships and diversity
  • The opportunity to develop leadership and relationship-building skills
  • A goal-oriented career plan for mentees
  • Access an exclusive online discussion board to engage with your peers
  • Ongoing support from the mentorship program coordinators
  • A minimum time investment of three (3) hours per months
Mentee

The benefits for mentees include:

  • 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
  • Improve enabling skills including relationship-building, conflict resolution, and engaging with leadership
 
Mentor and mentee

The benefits for mentors include:

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Impact and inspire mentees
  • Provide career advice and guidance
  • Share relevant knowledge
  • Improve relationship-building skills
  • Learn and hear about new perspectives from your mentee
  • Challenge your perceptions related to diversity, equity and inclusion
 

Register for the Career Development Mentorship Program

The mentorship intake process starts May 2, 2022. Mentee application deadline has been extended until September 6, 2022. Mentor applications are currently full however you may apply to a wait-list. 

Further program details are sent to applicants after registration.

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 and time spent on attaining goals can vary. 

There is approximately four (4) hours of required on-boarding training as part of the program, plus additional on-demand professional development opportunities in the area of mentorship skill development and 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 at 1 - 3 p.m. MST or Fri, Sept 23 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. MST
    • Day 2 Training Session: Wed, Sept 28 at 1 - 3 p.m. MST or Fri, Sept 30 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. MST
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): One on-demand DEI training of your choice through CPA Alberta's PD portal
  • Exclusive access to an online and self-paced mentorship course with a practice guide
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