November 24, 2022

You’ve likely heard people talk about the importance of having a mentor. Mentors and mentees can build strong, mutually beneficial relationships that enable mentees to grow and mentors to strengthen their leadership skills. For newcomers, mentors are especially crucial in helping to navigate the settlement process, from reconnecting with your career to understanding the Canadian workplace culture. Mentors dedicate their time to act as a coach and teacher. Let’s look at eight benefits of having a mentor as a newcomer to Canada.  

Give You Advice 

Wouldn’t it be great to have an experienced professional to turn to when you have a question about furthering your career? This is one of the major benefits of having a mentor. Your mentor can help guide you down the right path as you embark on your career as a Canadian newcomer. The feedback they provide can be invaluable and help strengthen your abilities. Since they have had lots of experience, they can provide you with quality advice about how to best navigate a situation.  

Grow Your Network 

Having a network is important. It may take some time for newcomers to grow a network in Canada. However, having a mentor can give you a jump start on this. Mentors can introduce you to people who can help you by teaching you different things, providing feedback or sharing information with you that could lead to a job.  

Provide Accountability  

One of the biggest benefits of having a mentor is having an additional source of accountability for your goals. Mentors can help you track your progress and provide feedback for getting back on track if you find yourself taking longer than expected to achieve a goal. Additionally, mentors can use their experience to let you know if your goals are attainable or if you should consider other options.  

Give You Encouragement 

One of the greatest ways a mentor can help you is through encouragement. Making your way forward in a new place can be challenging at times. Mentors provide encouragement to let you know that you can succeed. Having a trusted mentor can help you build your confidence and provide you with methods for overcoming different challenges and obstacles you may encounter.  

Get to Know Local Business Culture  

One of the exciting yet challenging aspects of being a newcomer is learning about your new home. This may include things like new cultural expectations and new ways of doing things. Mentors are great for helping you learn about the business culture of different industries. Often, industries may have unspoken rules and expectations. Mentors can help you navigate these to better find your professional niche.  

Introduce You to Resources  

Another aspect of moving to a new area involves learning where to go when you need certain things and what organizations exist to help you meet your goals. As a newcomer in Canada, many things can help you on your professional path. You just need to know where to look. A mentor can help connect you with these valuable resources, which can greatly impact your ability to succeed and develop in your new home.  

Support Your Overall Growth 

Mentors tend to be very invested in the success of their mentees. Developing a relationship with a mentor means that you will have a strong ally and advocate. As such, mentors will often provide important feedback on how you can grow and improve. Since they come to know you personally, they are likely to be able to notice things that other people won’t. This can be very valuable when seeking personal growth.  

Important Source of Wisdom 

Mentors are much more experienced in a career area. If you are facing a difficult situation or a challenging problem, your mentor has likely had to navigate something like that at one point in their career. As such, they are likely to be able to provide advice or give you a new frame through which to approach the issue. In fact, one of the greatest things about being a mentor is helping others navigate their career paths. Mentors typically get great enjoyment out of helping someone succeed.  

Final Thoughts  

Having a mentor is generally a positive experience that can provide growth and many opportunities. Mentors are also great for helping connect you with valuable resources and assisting you with growing your network. Having a mentor as a newcomer can be even more beneficial as newcomers have a very specific experience. Getting a mentor could be one of the most positive professional decisions you can make.   

At Achēv, our Newcomer Services offer a wide range of services to help newcomers settle smoothly in Canada. Our Newcomer Information Centres are located across the Greater Toronto Area, including Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville. Contact us today to register for our free newcomer services. 

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