Work Preparation Programs

We are a learning partner for life.

The Centre's expertise and resources support immigrants to develop their unique talents and strengths by providing the guidance and tools they need to access job opportunities. We offer ongoing education and intercultural training as well as networking and mentoring opportunities.

  • I needed an insider's view of my industry, its current state...what courses would benefit me, what seminars and networking circles offered better value, which video conferences and industry magazines to subscribe to, which associations to join. And I was fortunate to get all that from my mentor!
    Vijay Panchmatia
    Mentoring Program Participant
  • I would recommend this program because it covers the aspects every immigrant needs to know to succeed in a Canadian professional workplace.
    Morela Ramirez
    CRTP Graduate & Accountant

Face-to-Face Mentoring

A mentorship program with a proven track record

Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs) face a variety of obstacles when arriving in Canada. The information and guidance they receive can impact their ability to find meaningful employment and be critical to their career and skill-development related decisions.

By participating in a mentoring program, IEPs develop a professional network, learn effective job-search strategies, gain a better understanding of Canadian workplace culture, and obtain industry and occupation-specific information.

This program is made possible through an investment by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. 

For more information on mentorship, email mentorship@bowvalleycollege.ca

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Program Description

The goals of the program are to connect immigrant professionals with Canadian experienced working professionals in a mentoring partnership, build inclusive workplaces, and strengthen the ability of Calgary organizations to attract and retain talent.

This four month structured program includes:

  • 16 weekly meetings over four months - approximately 1-1.5 hours each
  • mentee and mentor orientation session
  • ongoing support by the Mentoring Coordinator
  • opportunities to provide feedback on the program

The one-on-one program is supported by the following sessions:

  • MentorShare sessions - regular gatherings of mentors from across the city who have the opportunity to learn from a mentoring "expert", share mentoring successes and challenges and network amongst themselves
  • MenteeShare sessions - regular gatherings of mentees from across our system who also have the opportunity to learn from a mentoring "expert", share mentoring successes and challenges and network amongst themselves
Become a Mentor

Mentors are established professionals eager and willing to set aside time to develop a supportive professional relationship with a mentee. Mentors must have:

  • at least five years of experience in their fields in Canada
  • a strong understanding of the Canadian workplace culture and knowledge of the skills required to meet the market demands
  • an interest in and an understanding of other cultures
  • previous mentoring experience

To register to be a mentor, visit the CRIEC website for more information.

Become a Mentee

A mentee is a skilled immigrant who is seeking guidance to find employment in Calgary. Mentees will be interviewed as part of the selection process and must:

  • have a total of at least three years of experience in their area of expertise
  • have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 in reading, listening, writing, and speaking.
  • be a permanent resident
  • be able to meet with a mentor during regular work hours

To register, email mentorship@bowvalleycollege.ca. In your email include a copy of your resume and your CLB results or equivalent.

Program Description

The goals of the program are to connect immigrant professionals with Canadian experienced working professionals in a mentoring partnership, build inclusive workplaces, and strengthen the ability of Calgary organizations to attract and retain talent.

This four month structured program includes:

  • 16 weekly meetings over four months - approximately 1-1.5 hours each
  • mentee and mentor orientation session
  • ongoing support by the Mentoring Coordinator
  • opportunities to provide feedback on the program

The one-on-one program is supported by the following sessions:

  • MentorShare sessions - regular gatherings of mentors from across the city who have the opportunity to learn from a mentoring "expert", share mentoring successes and challenges and network amongst themselves
  • MenteeShare sessions - regular gatherings of mentees from across our system who also have the opportunity to learn from a mentoring "expert", share mentoring successes and challenges and network amongst themselves

Become a Mentor

Mentors are established professionals eager and willing to set aside time to develop a supportive professional relationship with a mentee. Mentors must have:

  • at least five years of experience in their fields in Canada
  • a strong understanding of the Canadian workplace culture and knowledge of the skills required to meet the market demands
  • an interest in and an understanding of other cultures
  • previous mentoring experience

To register to be a mentor, visit the CRIEC website for more information.

Become a Mentee

A mentee is a skilled immigrant who is seeking guidance to find employment in Calgary. Mentees will be interviewed as part of the selection process and must:

  • have a total of at least three years of experience in their area of expertise
  • have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 in reading, listening, writing, and speaking.
  • be a permanent resident
  • be able to meet with a mentor during regular work hours

To register, email mentorship@bowvalleycollege.ca. In your email include a copy of your resume and your CLB results or equivalent.