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He believes ASET's mentoring program is as advantageous
for mentors as it is for mentees because finding a volunteer
opportunity where one's particular expertise and experience are valued is fairly rare. ASET's program facilitates a
sharing of experiences for both individuals.

She's had multiple matches with mentees, including one
with a foreign-trained professional. She found it interesting
to help that mentee with what was needed to complete the
ASET certification process, and to learn about what it's like
to start over in a new country.

"I recommend that those interested in mentoring not hesitate in making themselves open to helping someone else.
Your guidance and moral support may be just what someone new needs to feel confident," added Whyte.

She says a lot of her mentees are like her: working moms
trying to establish rewarding careers in a profession where
women once weren't prominent.

A mentor can help set you on the right career path

How to be a mentor or mentee

For Valene Nakpangi, an engineering technologist who specialises in trunk line drainage pipes, the motivation to become a
mentor a decade ago was prompted by the desire to help people
find their chosen path in the engineering technology profession.

The ASET mentoring program offers two types of partnerships: mentoring partnership and career investigating partnership. The former is a long-term match driven by in-depth
career guidance, the latter a short-term match driven by
discipline-specific questions. Connections may be made informally (e.g. via phone, email or Skype) or formally through
face-to-face meetings.

"I became a mentor because I wanted
to help people. When I first started in
this field, I wasn't sure if it was really for
me and I feel like I could have benefitted
from some guidance myself to make
sure that this was really what I wanted
to do for the rest of my life. As a result,
I'm happy to be able to do that for
others," said Nakpangi.

"Since all the mentees are looking for something different
from the partnerships, we let the matches set up the mentoring for what works best for them. Some of the matches
are short, and some last a few years. It's a very flexible program as that's what works best with our busy members who
are also often separated by geographical distances," said
Danya Chmelyk, ASET manager of programs and services.
Currently, ASET has more than 100 mentors on file with most
experienced in the major disciplines, such as mechanical,
civil, and EDDT. ASET is also seeking mentors knowledgeable about newer disciplines, including renewable energy
and renewable resources, to accommodate potential mentees who are still in school, recently graduated, or looking
for a career change.
If you are interested in participating in the mentoring program for any discipline, check out the mentoring section on
the ASET website, which has a resource guide and applications for mentees and mentors. Your involvement can make
a meaningful difference in your life and those of other ASET
members.

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