Sign up to be a Mentee
For academic year 2023-2024 please fill out the following form. You will be contacted in Early September by a member of the executive team with more information.
About LINKS Mentorship
LINKS mentorship program is open to female undergraduate students at the University of Toronto. As a mentee, you will be grouped with a female and a male student mainly from the MBA program. The program’s goal is to support you in developing the necessary skills that will help you transition better into professional life, creating lasting relationships between you and your mentors.
The Rotman MBA Profile
The Rotman School of Management has a diverse student body with about 40% women in the full time MBA program. The mentors in the LINKS program can provide advice and guidance as they can speak to their varied professional and personal experiences.
Tips for a Successful Mentorship Relationship
Mentoring is an intentional relationship designed to foster your growth and development. As such, successful mentoring is based on a reciprocal and comfortable relationship between you and your mentor. Here are some best practices to keep in mind as you begin your mentoring relationship:
- Ask good questions: Ask questions about experiences, beliefs, and opinions. Take advantage of the opportunity you have to learn from another person’s experiences.
- Work at engaging in a long term professional relationship: Relationships take time and effort to succeed. If you do not feel that the relationship is working, identify why you think this is, say so in a considerate manner, and talk about ways to move forward. Remember that while your mentor is there to help guide you with respect to your career, the purpose of the relationship is not to help you find a new job.
- Take charge of your own professional development: The responsibility of sustaining a mentoring relationship is that of the mentee. Have a clear goal for the relationship and a general direction of how a mentor can help you.
- Be flexible: Come into the relationship with an agenda, but keep an open mind and see where it leads you. The benefits of a mentoring relationship are just as much in the process as the product.
- Give back to your mentor: Mentorship should be a mutually beneficial relationship. Make sure your mentor is getting what he/she wants from the relationship as well. Make sure you are sharing your progress, your “ahas” and challenges.