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CBS Industry Mentoring Program

2019-06-28 13:32:41 by Nima Khadem Mohtaram

Canadian universities provide world-recognized training in research and leadership for their graduate students. As a result, graduate students clearly understand the landscape of academic excellence and the expectations of their graduate program. However, most of graduate programs in science and engineering do not integrate non-academic job awareness and entrepreneurship. In fact, many graduate students are unclear about what they are able to do with a master's or a Ph.D.  Furthermore, it is well documented that most of the graduate students in science and technology will not likely pursue an academic career after graduation, in Canada, as well as internationally. Therefore, providing appropriate mentoring from professionals outside of academia is a necessary asset. Most career services inside and outside of universities advise that networking and strategic career planning remains the most appropriate manner to obtain non-academic employment or pursue entrepreneurship. In this context, it is proposed to start a pilot program on non-academic and entrepreneurship mentoring.

What is mentoring in the context of the program?

Mentoring is a system of guidance and relationship whereby the mentor shares their knowledge, skills and experience to help the mentee to reach his business or career goals. Mentoring provides professional socialization and support to graduate students to facilitate career success beyond academia during and after their graduate program.

Who is eligible? For whom is the program designed?

• Good standing CBS graduate student and postdoctoral fellow members who are registered in a Canadian academic institution.

• Graduate students and postdocs interested to pursue a career outside of academia

Why register to the program?

• You will gain a privileged relationship with a senior professional working outside of academia

• You will have professionalization training during the program

• You will gain a support network

• The program will accept 15-20 mentees.

Key dates:

• Mentor announcement: September 1st, 2019

• Application opening: July 15th, 2019

• Application deadline: September 15th, 2019

• Acceptance notice: October 1st, 2019

• Kick-off meeting: first or second week of October 2019

• End of the program: May 2020

Program Committee:

Gad Sabbatier -

Nima Khadem Mohtaram -

Corinne Hoesli -

Brent Godau -

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