Launching and sustaining a successful professional career in Canada

MU_series_presentsTips and practical advice for Students, Graduates and Newcomers

Launching a professional career in Canada requires know-how, fundamental skills, and also the ability to get you noticed. Whether you are a student, a recent graduate, a newcomer, with or without Canadian professional experience, it is important to be aware of the available resources and techniques to help you along the way.

MentorUP is proud to host a career planning and preparation event that will feature two professional development experts. During two dynamic sessions, Prakash A. Patel and Karen Carleton will provide us with a guide and some useful tools to overcome our challenges, launch and sustain a great career. This event is strongly recommended for, but not limited to individuals aspiring to become scientists, managers, engineers, accountants, and the leaders of tomorrow.

Session I: How to get a job, retain, and progress  (Speaker: Prakash A. Patel)

Session II: Career Fundamentals: Top 5 Tricks & Tips  (Speaker: Karen Carleton)

July 20th, 2015 |7:00 – 9:00 PM
TEC Edmonton Atrium
10230 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton AB, T5J 4P6

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About the speakers

Prakash A. Patel is a Project Management Professional, who is very passionate about integrating newcomer engineers and managers into the Alberta workplace. Prakash is proficient in Project Management, Six Sigma, KAIZEN and Microsoft Office tools (for engineering, management, and accounting applications). Currently working as a Freelance Corporate Trainer and Computer Instructor at the Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, where he has: 1) Trained 250+ managers and engineers on creating MS Project to effectively manage project schedules/deadlines; and 2) Instructed 400+ managers, engineers, accountants, pay-rollers, and staff members on advance level Microsoft Office and computer concepts. Finally, Prakash has a Planning and Management Projects certifications (PMI Singapore) and a Masters in Computer Applications, making him more than qualified in training individuals in project management.

Karen Carleton, M.Ed., M.Sc.: With over 20 years of work experience in adult and work-related learning, Karen distills best practices into practical recommendations learners can use. Karen’s background includes master’s level degrees in Performance Technology (Boise State) and Workplace Learning (University of Calgary). She understands firsthand the challenges of being highly qualified yet marketing yourself for entry to medium level positions. Published in International Journal of Management and Performance Improvement, she previously taught online for MacEwan University and the University of Calgary. Currently, Karen manages the Professional Development and Mentoring programs with APEGA.

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A Grand Summer Networking Event


On Wed June 17th MentorUP & EdmontonMentors want to give you the opportunity to meet and network with both young and esteemed professionals. This evening will bring together business professionals, industry leaders and protégés. Everyone is encouraged to connect with each other, share their story and build relationships that will last!

When – Wed June 17, 2015 6-9pm
Where – Rocky Mountain Ice House, 10516 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton
Cost – 10$ comes with 1 drink ticket

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Appetizers will be provided!

MentorUP & EdmontonMentors are two different networks of professionals and students at all stages of their careers. We both strive to foster informal mentor-mentee relationships through interactions like these because we believe that being connected to a mentor can help you avoid costly mistakes while learning ways to optimize the resources you have. Our network of professionals are happy to share their successful career strategies, develop professional relations and gain understandings of various professions.

With a strong presence in Edmonton, both of our organizations regularly turn out 40+ attendees at our networking events and by partnerning up for this one you can expect one big bad networking event that you don’t want to miss!

So come revel in a night of stimulating conversation with a wide variety of Mentors and professionals and join us on June 17th from 6-9 pm at Rocky Mountain Ice House. The food will be plentiful, the laughs will be memorable and the connections will be real. Hope to see you there!

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PowerUP event (Calgary): Networking and Career Fair – Small and Medium Sized Companies – 2015

Get to Apply Your Skills in a Small or Medium Sized Company

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, 6:00-9:30 pm
HSC Atrium, University of Calgary Foothills Campus, 3330 Hospital Drive NW, T2N 4N1

Join MentorUP Calgary for our second networking and career fairs showcasing small and medium size companies. As large enterprises in traditional sectors go through challenging times small and medium sized enterprises remain engines of growth and provide exciting opportunities for job-seekers. Planning for your career’s first steps in such companies can be a rewarding experience compared to the long waits for traditional large companies. This event showcases companies from a broad range of sectors and attendees will get a chance to listen to each of the companies’ presentations and to network with their representatives!

6:00 PM Doors Open
6:30 PM Registration
7:00 PM Introduction and Presentations from Mentors and Companies
8:00 PM Open Networking and Booth Exhibits
9:30 PM Wrap-Up and Conclusions

Online via (10$ to cover cost of refreshments)

Job Seekers talking with Company Exhibitors at MentorUP SME Networking and Career FAir 2014

Job Seekers talking with Company Exhibitors at MentorUP SME Networking and Career Fair 2014


Company presentations at the MentorUP SME Networking and Career Fair 2014



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