Find a Mentor, Be a Mentor

In May, alumni UBC launched a new online mentorship program.

If you are a graduate of UBC or a current student, alumni mentors are available now to connect with you. This is a powerful way to tap into the collective knowledge, wisdom and experience of your alumni UBC network.

If you are a grad with knowledge and insight that may help someone else along their professional path, then why not sign up to be a mentor?  As well as the satisfaction that comes from helping others, volunteering as a mentor can improve interpersonal and leadership skills, and facilitate the growth of a vibrant professional network.

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How to Find an Alumni Mentor

If you already have a vibrant professional network, a mentor is an excellent way to enhance it. If networking is not something that comes easily to you, a mentor is a great starting point. Our online career mentors are expecting to hear from you, which removes the trepidation that sometimes accompanies making the initial connection.

What kind of assistance can mentors provide?

Every mentor is different, and the expertise and type of support they offer varies. Below are some of the ways a mentor can help you build your career:

  • Career conversations
  • Resume and cover letter feedback
  • Online profile review
  • Industry and job market insights
  • Career advice
  • Interview preparation

How do mentors communicate with alumni and students?

All initial connections with mentors are made through the UBC Hub on Ten Thousand Coffees, an online platform designed to help you make professional connections, either in person or online. After initial contact is made, mentors may choose to communicate over email, video conferencing, or in person at a public place like a café.

If you choose to meet at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you and your mentor get a free meeting space and a complimentary beverage from Loafe Café. Contact alumni.ubc@ubc.ca or 604-822-3313 to reserve your space, and pick up your beverage voucher at the front desk upon arrival.

Finding the right mentor for you

To gain access to the alumni UBC mentor database:

  1. Create a free profile on Ten Thousand Coffees and join the UBC Hub
  2. On the UBC Hub dashboard click “See All” on the Members list
  3. In the Search tab, click the drop down menu on the right.
  4. Click “Hub Roles”
  5. Click “Online Career Mentor”
  6. Click “Apply”

You will now be able to view the profiles of all alumni mentors. This will help you discover if their interests and background match your professional goals. You can then send a message to one or more mentors to let them know what you are looking for.

Note: Once inquiries and introductions are made, both parties will be free to manage these connections in whatever way suits their needs. alumni UBC does not screen the individuals who have joined the UBC Hub on the Ten Thousand Coffees platform. When meeting students or alumni in person, please exercise the same caution you would when planning a face-to-face meeting with anyone you’ve connected with online (ie: meet in a public place).

For support at every stage of your career development process, visit us at alumni.ubc.ca/careers, follow us on Twitter @alumniUBCcareer, and connect with Alumni Career Educator Michele Murphy on LinkedIn.


How to Become an Alumni Mentor

We invite alumni from around the world to volunteer as online career mentors. As members of the UBC Hub on the networking platform Ten Thousand Coffees, online career mentors are searchable by the UBC community and may be contacted for various forms of career conversations, either in person or online. You will receive an email notification to your preferred address when someone contacts you through the platform. You choose the type of support you are able and willing to provide.

Types of assistance may include:

  • Industry and job market insights
  • Informal review of resumes, cover letters and online profile
  • Career advice
  • Informational interviews
  • Networking strategies

How often will you be contacted?

There is no way to predict this as it is based entirely on the needs of the community at any given time. Alumni and students will be able to search for online career mentors on the platform, and if you have the background and knowledge they are looking for, they will reach out to you by sending a message. Inquiries will be communicated directly to you through your preferred email address. We ask that you acknowledge all inquiries within 48 hours.

How much of a time commitment is required?

The online mentorship you provide may be on a one-time or ongoing basis. How much you engage, and with whom, is your choice. If you find yourself with too many requests at once, you can direct alumni and students to seek another mentor.

Benefits of Mentoring

  • Improve your communication and leadership skills
  • Expand your professional network
  • Gain new perspectives on your career
  • Give back to your industry and the UBC community
  • Take advantage of free meeting space and a complimentary beverage for you and your mentee from Loafe Café when you meet at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre for mentorship. Contact alumni.ubc@ubc.ca or 604-822-3313 to reserve your space, and pick up your beverage voucher from the front desk upon arrival.

Follow these steps to become an online career mentor

  1. Create a free profile on Ten Thousand Coffees
  2. Join the UBC Hub (Make sure you sign up with an email address you check regularly)
  3. Select the role: Online Career Mentor
  4. Choose from a list of types of support you are able to provide to alumni and students

Note: Once inquiries and introductions are made, both parties will be free to manage these connections in whatever way suits their needs. Along the way, alumni UBC will check in with you and provide resources to help you with your role. alumni UBC does not screen the individuals who have joined the UBC Hub on the Ten Thousand Coffees platform. When meeting students or alumni in person, please exercise the same caution you would when planning a face-to-face meeting with anyone you’ve connected with online (ie: meet in a public place).

If you require any additional support in your role as Online Career Mentor, please contact our Alumni Career Educator Michele Murphy at michele.murphy@ubc.ca.

For support at every stage of your career development process, visit us at alumni.ubc.ca/careers, follow us on Twitter @alumniUBCcareer, and connect with Alumni Career Educator Michele Murphy on LinkedIn.

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