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Being a Grove Roots Mentor

What does it mean to be a Grove Roots Mentor?
Everyone has talents and life experiences to share. As a Grove Roots Mentor you can make a real difference by sharing your experience, advice and life lessons to help guide an LCS alumnus/a to meet his or her family, community and professional goals.

Why be a Grove Roots Mentor?
  • Because you value the importance of giving back and helping others to grow.
  • Because you have a shared appreciation of what a caring, supportive community can achieve.
  • Because you can make a positive difference in the life and career of a fellow LCS alumnus/a.
  • Because it’s Lakefield.

Mentor FAQ

List of 4 items.

  • What are the benefits to the mentor and mentee?

    Benefits to the mentor include:
    • Satisfaction of enhancing the mentee’s career learning and goals;
    • Heightened profile within their workplace;
    • Coaching practice and leadership skills;
    • Heightened self-awareness;
    • Pleasure of giving back.

    Benefits to the mentee include:
    • Access to wisdom and expertise;
    • Opportunities for self-assessment;
    • A personalized career-development plan;
    • Greater understanding of current business practices;
    • Introduction to business networks and related supports;
    • Exposure to the business environment;
    • Job search strategies;
    • Advice, moral support, encouragement.
  • What are the qualities of an ideal mentor?

    • Influential professional or manager with advanced experience and knowledge;
    • Respected in their field and organization;
    • Proven leadership capabilities and personal effectiveness skills;
    • Committed to nurturing and supporting the student's development;
    • Shares wisdom;
    • Understands the current workplace issues and realities, and what employers look for;
    • Skilled at listening and provides supportive guidance and constructive feedback;
    • Available; prepared to maintain contact based on predetermined commitment;
    • Prepared to spend time discussing the transition from student to employee, reading the alumnus/a’s resume and reviewing career plans;
    • Understands how to build networks and is in a position to help establish a professional network for the alumnus/a;
    • Confidential; treats all dealings and discussions in confidence.
  • What are the qualities of an ideal mentoring subject?

    • Interest in and availability to work on own self-assessment, formulate plans for career development and set goals for achievement;
    • Available to meet with mentor based on a predetermined schedule for the duration of the agreement;
    • Interested in learning about current workplace issues and potential employers;
    • Prepared to spend time discussing the transition from student to employee, working on own resume and discussing work of interest;
    • Interested in building networks in chosen field;
    • Confidential: treats all dealings and discussions in confidence.
  • What kind of activities do mentors do?

    Possible mentoring activities include:
    • Arrange a meeting for the alumnus/a to be introduced to an important contact in the mentor's field; make suggestions prior to this meeting regarding possible topics of conversation. Conducting a debrief session is helpful afterwards.
    • Review the mentee’s resume and provide feedback.
    • Refer the alumni to professional colleagues for informational interviews.
    • Share speeches or presentations delivered by the mentor.
    • Provide the mentee with advice concerning job applications and interviews.
    • Debrief with the mentee after interviews.

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4391 County Road 29, Lakefield Ontario K0L 2H0   705.652.3324   admissions@lcs.on.ca

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Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.

We respectfully acknowledge that Lakefield College School is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include: Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations.
Lakefield College School respectfully acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.


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