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The CARA Mentorship Program: The Advantages to Mentors

By Michel Kafrouny posted 09-08-2021 11:47


I have greatly benefitted from the mentorship generously provided by senior leaders throughout my career and I was honoured to become a mentor myself to serve others – I didn’t anticipate all the things I would gain:

  • Gratitude for my own achievements and career journey by helping fellow professionals achieve their goals, improve their lives, career engagement and satisfaction
  • Increased self-reflection on my own career progress and goals
  • New skills, knowledge and perspectives from different institutions, professional roles, cultures, educational and professional backgrounds
  • Increased commitment to collaboration as I was able to see the tangible results from my mentorship at other institutions
  • Expanded network with new collegial, ambitious colleagues across Canada
  • Greater career satisfaction from the knowledge I was advancing the profession and leaving a legacy
  • Ability to easily illustrate my commitment to education and leadership
  • A chance to celebrate successes both my own, my mentees and our joint successes
  • New, unique relationships created by me and my mentees. Each relationship was different depending on the time, objectives and geography of each mentee
  • Many excellent referees for career-related opportunities
  • Loyal allies and friends from many provinces and employers
  • Professional recognition through award nominations
  • Increased advocacy and coaching skills 

I am truly grateful for each mentee I have helped gain confidence to identify and achieve ambitious career goals. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity to change someone’s life in as little as one hour a month, please consider the CARA Mentorship Program!

This blog is derived from the fourth edition of Steer Your Career: A Research Administrator's Manual to Mapping Success by Sarah Lampson and Katie Porter.