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OISE Mentorship Program for Students 

Become a mentee to connect with alumni in your field and build your network

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Applications for the 2020-21 OISE Mentorship Program is closed. We hope you will join us for next year's program. Registration will begin in September 2021.

As an OISE student, you will automatically receive an email invitation every September to participate in the OISE Mentorship Program.

This is an international mentorship program, and mentors participate from across the globe. Before signing up, consider your availability over your Fall and Winter terms. Applicants must commit to six online meetings with their mentor — signing up is a commitment! 

Once signed up, you will be invited to an interactive virtual launch event in early Fall and instructed to connect with your mentor digitally on your own terms. While your mentorship journey is self-directed, we're always here to provide support. Just send us an e-mail.

Program features in 2020-2021

  • Be matched with alumni in your field
  • Meet once a month from October to March online and discuss shared interests and experiences
  • Exclusive events, including a virtual launch, workshops and webinars

Whether you're assigned one mentee or two, your time committment remains the same. We encourage you to schedule meetings when all participants can attend together. Meetings can be any length or format that is mutually agreed upon.

While your mentorship journey is self-directed, we're always here to provide support. Just send us an e-mail.

Are you an OISE alum? Experience the rewards of mentoring a student!


Ways to Connect

Mentors and mentees are encouraged to meet, chat and collaborate often! We provide a fun opportunity to meet your match and other alumni and students at the annual launch event, which will be held virtually in 2020.

Online communication is a convenient way for mentors and mentees to connect. Email, Zoom, Slack, Google Hangouts or a phone call are just some of the ways you can meet your mentor digitally.

Resources for mentees

Mentees are encouraged to take advantage of workshops and services offered by U of T Career Exploration & Education including: Resume review, interview preparation, job shadowing, and career fairs. Sign up for these services today!

U of T students have free access to LinkedIn Learning where you can find helpful tutorials on:

  • characteristics of a successful mentee;
  • building confidence as a mentee;
  • building trust with your mentor;
  • and more!

Upcoming events for mentors and mentees

RSVP details for exclusive mentorship events will be sent to current participants by email.



April 29, 2021

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Re-thinking Job Search Strategies presented by Dr. Cindy Sinclair

The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically changed the predictions for future career paths locally and globally. Some businesses have closed. Unemployment rates are high. Traditional jobs and workplace structures are changing while students study online and in isolation, with few opportunities to meet professional alumni and potential employers.

This session will look at the emerging job market and where the jobs are advertised in 2021 and beyond. We will show you how to self-reflect and analyze your education, skillsets and life experiences to fit job requirements.

You will hear from successful alumni about their job-seeking experiences, workplace cultures, and tips for job searches:

•  Chris Garbutt, Director, Marketing & Communications, U of T Scarborough
•  William Sinclair, Teacher, Durham District School Board, Oshawa
•  Traci Cook, Public Health Analyst at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maryland, USA
•  Maha ElHindawy, Talent Strategist, Change Leader, Facilitator, Toronto
•  Ping Wang, Investment Advisor, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto

Current Mentors and Mentees may check their email for details. Can't find your invite email? Contact us


The OISE Mentorship Program is proudly sponsored by MBNA,
a U of T Affinity Partner.

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