Mentorship is a powerful resource for university students looking to get a jump-start on their career. Not only can a mentor offer valuable career advice, but mentors who are part of the CMA Mentorship Program can also provide a unique insight into the CMA program. It comes as no surprise then that the CMA BC Mentorship Program has seen tremendous growth in the past few years, with over 40 mentor-mentee pairs in the last year.
To mark the wrap-up and celebrate another successful year of its Mentor Program, CMA BC hosted its second annual Mentor Mixer on Wednesday, June 27 at the Salt Tasting Room in Gastown. Over 40 post-secondary students, CMAs and CMA Candidates from a variety of industries attended the event.
In addition to networking, attendees were treated to a wine tasting and the event was a great opportunity for prospective mentors and mentees to learn about the Mentor Program from past participants.
The mixer also included a presentation of a Mentor of the Year and Mentee of the Year award. We were thrilled to see so many nominations coming in for mentees and mentors who went above and beyond the expectations of the program. Three individuals stood out and the awards went to mentee Felix Cheung, accounting student at the University of British Columbia, and mentors Iain McLellan, CMA, Financial Manager at BC Hydro and Tina Lally, CMA, Assistant Controller at PLEA Community Services.
Said Mentee of the Year Felix of his experience, “The best part of the CMA Campus Membership Program is the one-on-one mentorship. My mentor has worked at emerging public and private companies, so she was able to give first-hand insight about her working experiences while doing her Strategic Leadership Program. This valuable knowledge helped me understand the different roles within the accounting and finance department and will help me in the job application process this summer.”
Thanks to everyone who came out to support this event and finally, a huge that you to all of the CMAs and CMA Candidates who volunteered their time as mentors and helped make the program a success!
CMA BC’s Mentor Program will launch again in September 2012 and run through May 2013. Post-secondary students interested in becoming a mentee must be registered as a CMA BC Campus Member.
Some benefits you may receive as a mentee:
- Get valuable career direction and advice
- Learn how to set and achieve goals
- Develop and grow your professional network
- Get connected with industry professionals for information interviews
- Get insight into the CMA Strategic Leadership Program
- Develop leadership skills
- First-hand exposure to the wide variety of CMA careers
Some benefits you may receive as mentor:
- Exposure to emerging talent
- Development of coaching and leadership skills
- Continued attention to your own career development
- Opportunities for recruitment for your own place of employment
For more information about the program and to find out about becoming a mentor or mentee contact Katie Hensrud at firstname.lastname@example.org.