SAF Mentorship Program Strengthens Connections

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) launched a Mentorship Program at the beginning of September connecting over 200 upper-year students with an alumni mentor. The pilot program requires students and alumni to commit to stay connected from September to August, encouraging students to build a strong relationship with their mentor over a one year period.

“The SAF Mentorship Program is an easy way to give back to the School and connect with engaging students,” states Kieng Iv (MAcc ’11), Manager of Data Analytics at Brookfield Asset Management. “It is our responsibility as mentors to ensure that the future alumni are better and more prepared to meet the needs of an ever changing business world. The funny thing is that your mentee probably doesn't know that you learn just as much from mentoring them.”

The program itself compliments the SAF academic and co-op experience. Students are can gain valuable insight into a range of industry sectors, professions and professionally related topics, while mentors contribute to the development of students by sharing insight with them. 

Mobeen Malik, a 3B Accounting and Financial Management student and mentee in the SAF Mentorship Program states that “participating in the SAF Mentorship Program has been a very beneficial experience. I contacted my mentor on multiple occasions to seek guidance and insights about different career opportunities. It's important to have a mentor and this program allows such a resource. I learned a lot and look forward to participating as a mentor in the future.”

This article appeared in the University of Waterloo Daily Bulletin on February 9, 2016.

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