Applications have now closed for the Fall 2023 round. Stay tuned for when applications open for the next round of the mentorship program!
We are so excited to be offering the Women in Engineering Career Mentorship Program at the University of Waterloo and hope that it can provide a valuable and enriching experience for mentors and mentees.
Women make up more than half of the Canadian population but are significantly underrepresented in engineering education and in the engineering profession. Over the past decades, the number of women enrolled in post-secondary engineering programs has risen, as has the number of women in the engineering profession. Yet despite steady increases in the representation of women, men still vastly outnumber women in engineering.
This program was developed in response to this issue, as a way to help provide women and non-binary engineering students at the University of Waterloo with extra support and guidance as they make the transition from student to employee in a male dominated industry. We hope that by connecting our women engineering students with industry leaders, they can gain valuable knowledge and connections, while gaining confidence in themselves and growing their professional networks.
The program will run on a semester (4-month) basis starting Fall 2023, with the option to continue with the program in future terms.
On this site, you will find information about the program goals, meeting schedule and events planned for the mentorship program. Mentorship manuals will also be provided to mentors and mentees participating in the program which will serve as a guiding tool to help you navigate the program structure and provide information on how to build and nurture a professional relationship with your match.
More About the Program
Career Mentorship Program Goals
The focus of the Women in Engineering’s Mentorship Program is to create a network between Waterloo women and non-binary engineering students and Waterloo Engineering Alumni. This network and relationship will help foster resources and support as students prepare and think ahead to their future careers in the Industry. We hope this program will help to:
Develop relationships between engineering professionals and women-identifying and non-binary engineering students
Create a sense of community for women-identifying engineering students
Provide support to women engineering students and facilitate professional growth
Contribute to the development of important soft skills
Bridge the gap between university and industry by sharing experiences
We recommend scheduling a time to meet with each other within the first few weeks of matching to decide on the following:
- How will the relationship work?
- How will you meet each month?
- How often would you like to meet?
- Timeline for responding to emails and messages
- Rules around inability to attend a meeting
- Mentees goals for the program
- Mentors goals for the program
- Agreement on privacy, confidentiality and trust
In the mentorship program manual you will find suggested topics that you can use to help guide each of your meetings. Please do not feel like this is mandatory, you may discuss whatever you agree upon. The success of the program will depend on the goals developed together and the commitment of both parties.
In addition to the meetings, we will be offering monthly events. Two of these events will be in person; the rest will be virtual (and optional) networking opportunities offered to all mentors and mentees in the program. Those who are only able to attend virtually are still welcome to join the program.
Details of the program events will be coming soon.