Career Mentoring Program

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How does mentorship work?

The Career Mentoring Program supports internationally educated professionals to obtain employment in their field. Clients are matched with a volunteer Career Mentor working in the same or a related field.Mentors and mentees meet weekly. During these meetings, the mentor will offer guidance and support with respect to

  • Developing career objectives
  • Canadian workplace language, culture, and etiquette
  • Employment research strategies
  • Employer engagement strategies
  • Networking opportunities – Informational meetings, Networking events, Professional associations, etc.
  • Employment application preparation
  • Resume, cover letter & interview preparation
  • Overall guidance and encouragement

Make an impact. Become a mentor.

Mentors share their knowledge and work experience and assist mentees in navigating through the job search process and transition to a career in Canada.

Mentors assist Mentees by:

  • Providing support with developing professional networks
  • Explaining Canadian employment practices and requirements
  • Identifying skills required in the job market
  • Clarifying employer expectations
  • Assisting with resumes and cover letters
  • Providing support with to job interview preparation and debrief

Mentors have the chance to:

  • Work with people from different cultures
  • Develop career coaching and leadership skills • Receive professional development training

Career Mentors have:

  • At least 2 years of work experience in Ottawa
  • Contacts in employment and professional networks
  • Good interpersonal, communication and listening skills
  • Sensitivity to employment and cultural transition experiences
  • Commitment to a mentoring relationship


Career Mentor Application
  • Provide us your Vulnerable Sector Check or a valid security clearance obtained in the last five years. If you don’t have either of them, we will support you in the process of getting your Vulnerable Sector Check from the police office.
  • Attend a mandatory orientation session after which you may attend professional development training free of charge.
  • Meetings occur weekly for approximately one hour at an agreed upon time and location. The mentor is asked to commit a minimum of three months to the mentoring relationship.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor,  please contact:

Amal Aramouni
Mentor Recruiter/Liaison
[email protected]

(613) 725-5671 ext. 366

Become a mentee

Eligibility Requirements

The Career Mentoring Program is open to individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Landed Immigrant or Convention Refugee
  • Internationally trained
  • Language Assessment level 6 or higher
  • Ontario resident
  • Employment ready

For more information or to register please contact:

Mentorship Facilitator
[email protected]
(613) 725-5671 ext.340

Events / Workshops

Resume workshop for mentees

Mentees have the opportunity to participate in a resume workshop. Resume workshops are held once a month at OCISO. For more information, please contact [email protected].

Workshops for Mentors (Optional)

We offer optional employment research and cross-cultural communication workshops for mentors. The Employment Research Workshop is facilitated by Wayne Pagani, who is a Career Coach. Wayne will take you through labour market research, value proposition, informational meetings, and more to help better prepare you for supporting your mentee.

The Cross-Cultural Communication workshop is facilitated by Karima Kara, who is a cross-cultural communication specialist. Karima will help you better communicate with your mentee and help them understand the Canadian Workplace Culture.

For more information and the next workshop dates please contact Amal Aramouni at [email protected] or 613-725-5671 ext. 366.

Mentoring Café Networking Events

Mentoring Café is a series of workshops and networking events, focusing on engaging CED mentors and mentees to discuss topics on workplace culture, competencies development, challenges and tips of job searching etc. for creating a living network of collaborative dialogue around questions that matter in service to real work.

For more information, please contact Amal Aramouni at [email protected] or 613-725-5671 ext. 366.

Express Mentoring

We hold Express Mentoring events a few times a year. Ten mentors and ten mentees are invited. Mentees have ten minutes to ask questions and general career advice from each mentor.

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Our Mission!

OCISO supports immigrants through the journey of making Canada their home by providing creative and responsive programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, by building community through mutual respect and partnerships, and by fostering healthy and inclusive spaces for open dialogue and healing.

What we do 🙂

We are community based non-profit organization that has been providing services in Ottawa since 1978. We are motivated by the stories of new immigrants, and we are there every stage of the journey. OCISO directly serves over 10,000 immigrants and refugees every year. Our work is augmented by the generous efforts of our enthusiastic, caring and talented staff, volunteers, both established and new Canadians.