Career e-Mentor

Organization Details
Organization Name: English Online
Address: Suite 610-294 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB  R3C 0B9
Website: http://www.myenglishonline.ca
Organizational Description: We are a not-for-profit organization that provides flexible and accessible online services that enable newcomers to succeed and reach their full potential. Our free Live & Learn program for newcomers to Manitoba has grown beyond English language instruction to include settlement and workplace integration support.
The Realize Forum is a comprehensive professional development program for ESL/EAL and settlement practitioners. It aims to build expertise in the sector, thereby continually elevating the quality of services for the immigrant population. Launched in 2014, it has thus far attracted and engaged more than 900 registrants from all over Canada.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: Does this describe you?

You love your job!
You enjoy sharing your knowledge and experience with others.
You want to make a real difference in somebody's life.
Yes? Then join our team of Volunteer e-Mentors!

One of the major barriers to newcomers accessing employment is their lack of networking opportunities within their field. Volunteers, Canadian professionals and trades, are matched with newcomers from the same professional background to help them learn more about their field in Manitoba and grow their social and professional networks.

As a Volunteer Career e-Mentor, you will:
- Have 10 one-on-one online sessions with a newcomer via Skype.
- Discuss your professional field in Canada and answer your mentee's questions about the field.
- Help your mentee develop an action plan to reach his/her employment goals.

Possible mentoring topics:
- Your career story.
- Your typical workday: duties, procedures, water cooler talks, etc.
- Professional organizations, associations, professional networking
- Professional development opportunities: conferences, events
- Workplace cultural issues: team play, diversity, soft skills, etc.
- Qualifications (if any): licences, certificates.
Skills Required: A minimum of 2 years of professional, business or trades experience in Manitoba (categories 0, A and B according to the National Occupational Classification (http://www5.hrsdc.gc.ca/noc/english/noc/2011/html/Matrix.html). Good communication skills. Experience working with adult newcomers and immigrant community will be considered an asset. Demonstrated ability with regards to the computer skills and Internet is extremely beneficial. Ability to be a team player, initiate and maintain relationships as you work with a variety of people. A police record check is mandatory
Skills Gained/Related Careers: English Online will provide comprehensive orientation and training necessary to fulfill the volunteer duties. Training will consist of two parts:

Self-paced/asynchronous: Successful candidates receive a password for Volunteer Hub page on English Online website (http://www.myenglishonline.ca/volunteers/volunteer-hub/) accompanied by instructions on how to proceed. They explore training materials and reflect on their learning in the Volunteer Journal.
Synchronous: Volunteers participate in an orientation webinar about English Online services and WEB 2.0 tools for mentoring. During the training sessions, volunteers have time to discuss what they have learned and ask their questions.

With this training, English Online aims to provide volunteers with the opportunity to exercise their qualities of self-directed learners to better understand English Online model and clients' needs and develop online mentoring skills.
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Daytime, Evening, Weekend
Time: 1 or 2 hours a week Total time with an e-Mentor: 10 hours How long: 5-10 weeks Place: Skype/phone/email
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: General Populace
Organization will provide: Certificate of recognition
Training/Orientation
How to Apply: Email: eyemelyanova@myenglishonline.ca
Closing Date: Aug 31, 2019
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