Mentoring

Our Mentoring Programs in Engineering offer an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable insights into the engineering profession and to connect with academic and industry professionals.

Throughout the academic year, students and mentors have the opportunity to attend networking events, meet other like-minded individuals and establish invaluable relationships in their time at UBC Engineering and beyond.

First Year Program

Upper Year Program

Why Participate?

You will be invited to participate in networking activities that complement your first-year class lectures. At these events, you will have the opportunity to explore disciplines and talk with industry professionals working in the field.

Participating in the First-Year Engineering Mentoring Program will also give you a strong foundation to pursue further professional development opportunities, including student leadership, Engineering Co-op and Community Service Learning.

  • Become more familiar with your role as a future engineer and the type of work you will do
  • Get a deeper understanding of the different disciplines you can pursue in engineering
  • Build the skills you need to develop successful professional relationships with industry and peers
  • Get a head start on your professional development plan for your time in UBC Engineering

Participating in a mentoring program can be an invaluable experience, enabling you to learn from the experience of others, connect with people working in the field and exposing you to new ideas and opportunities.

Our Engineering Mentoring Program matches two students with an engineer from industry or academia. This program is designed to meet the needs of students in the second year of their studies or higher, including graduate students.

Participating in this program will help you network with industry professionals and gain valuable skills – such as interviewing and professional communication skills – while expanding your knowledge about the engineering professions.

  • Begin to build a professional network with industry professionals and student peers
  • Gain knowledge about the engineering profession
  • Through the informal peer-to-peer mentoring component of this program, learn mentoring and leadership skills notable on your resume
  • Get involved with the Faculty of Applied Science and professional societies APEGBC and DAWEG
  • Develop and reflect on your career goals

What’s Expected

Your involvement will span the length of the academic year, from September through to the end of April, with a total time commitment of approximately 10 hours. You will be expected to:

  • Attend two program events and an industry event of your choice
  • Arrange and set an agenda for your individual meeting with a mentor
  • Complete an online activity to develop a professional development plan for your time at UBC Engineering
  • Agree to and abide by the Mentoring Agreement and Code of Conduct

Your involvement will span the length of the academic year, from September through to the end of April, with a total time commitment of approximately 15 hours. You will be expected to:

  • Attend two program events and an industry event of your choice
  • Meet with your group at least three times over the course of the academic year
  • Be available by phone and email to your group
  • Develop learning objectives with your mentor, review them periodically throughout the program and complete a program-end assessment on your learning
  • Complete entrance, progress and exit surveys
  • Agree to and abide by the Mentoring Agreement and Code of Conduct

Important Dates

September 30, 2016: Application Deadline
October 27, 2016: Student Mentee Workshop
November 2, 2016: First Year Networking and Discipline Exploration Event
March 28, 2017: Mentoring Closing Event

September 30, 2016: Application Deadline
October 12, 2016: Student Mentee Workshop
October 18, 2016: Mentoring Kick-Off Event
March 28, 2017: Mentoring Closing Event

Applications

Applications for the 2016/2017 mentoring program are closed now. Applications for the 2017/2018 program will open in summer 2017.

Questions? If you have any questions or want to learn more about the mentoring opportunities with UBC Engineering, please contact mentoring.engineering@ubc.ca.