Will Christensen CPA, CA is a marathon runner and family man. He knows a thing or two about hard work and dedication; and as a designated accountant for nearly 10 years, he has a wealth of industry knowledge to share. Attributes of a great mentor? Check. But when he first attended the CPA Alberta Mentorship training session in 2014, he was certain he was under-qualified for the role.
“When I first attended the training for mentors I was intimidated by the knowledge of the panelists who were sharing their experiences with the program,” says Will, who works in counterparty risk at TransCanada Corporation. “I thought to myself, ‘I don’t have this level of experience or knowledge.’”
That mindset didn’t last long. After Will met his first mentee, he was surprised at how much information he was able to share. These opportunities to share his experience and perspective to new CPAs has not only brought himself satisfaction but has helped his mentees figure out the next steps in their careers.
“Many young professionals are looking for mentorship and guidance in their professional careers,” says Will. “As a mentor, I learned that it’s not my job to have all the answers but to help them arrive at an answer that works for them. One they can implement and be proud of.”
A lot of organizations have internal coaching, training or mentorship programs; so what attracted Will to the CPA Alberta’s Mentorship Program? He believes it’s important to get a different perspective on each issue you face in your career.
“One of the things that I have learned is that there is a need for new professionals to get advice on their careers,” he said. “That advice is not always readily available and some people are just not comfortable asking for it. The CPA Alberta Mentorship Program provides an opportunity for people to meet and develop a professional network in a pretty relaxed setting.”
Developing a relationship with a mentee or mentor can lead to insights, opportunities and improved skills to help you achieve your career goals. The relationship can be equally beneficial for both parties.
If you or someone you know is interested in pursuing a mentoring opportunity, whether it’s as a mentee or mentor, the fall 2016 pairing deadline is August 23, 2016.
For more information on the CPA Alberta Mentorship Program or to register, visit the CPA Alberta website. The PER Mentorship Program is the mandatory program for CPA Candidates to meet their practical experience requirements. For more information on the differences between the programs read this brochure.