T.A.S.T.E. Mentoring Program

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Program Mission

Objective of the TASTE Program

What is TASTE?

The objective of this program is to provide York Students with an opportunity to talk face to face with a York Alumna/us about their Career Related Interests.

The program pairs York Students with a mentor over an informal meeting during which the alumna/us shares information about their job, industry, and organization. Students have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about a role, organization or field of interest.


Benefits

Students

   Benefits

What are the benefits of participating in TASTE?

   Gain inside information about an industry, sector or organization from a York Alumnus

   Learn how to do an informational interview and find out how to make a great first impression

   Get career-related information and support

   Build your network of professional contacts within the York community

   Be inspired by alumni career stories

   Learn more about what you can do with your degree from someone who's been there

 

Alumni

   Benefits

What are the benefits of participating in TASTE?

   Help students explore careers.

   Make a positive contribution to the student experience.

   Share information about your job, industry, sector and organization with York students.

   Give back to the student community by giving career advice and guidance in an informal setting.

   Further your own level of engagement with York University

   Feel more connected to current students.

   Find out what's happening on campus today.

 


Roles

Students

To participate in the T.A.S.T.E Mentoring Program students must first enroll and apply through Experience York.

If selected for a T.A.S.T.E meeting, students are expected to;

  • Conduct research on the mentors role, organization and industry
  • Prepare thoughtful informational interview questions
  • Present themselves and York University in a positive and professional way

Optional: If you require additional assistance to help you prepare for a TASTE meeting, please contact Surina Sohal, Employer and Alumni Liaison at surina@yorku.ca to set up a one on one preparation session.

Alumni

York alumni interested in participating in TASTE will provide a bio, company information and the date, time, and location when they are available to take two students for a 1 – 1 ½ hour meeting which could include lunch or coffee.

Company Tour – Provide students with exposure to your workplace and organization by giving a company tour.

Lunch or Coffee – Alumni may choose to sponsor lunch or coffee for their T.A.S.T.E meeting however these extra costs are not mandatory but instead an added bonus for students. Alumni will have the opportunity to select the type of meeting they want to host when they register.

Please Note: In order to make this program as flexible and accommodating as possible, our alumni participants select a date, time and location that is most convenient for them. The program is open all year round and doesn’t require any long term commitments.


Participate as a Student

To participate in the T.A.S.T.E Mentoring Program students must first enroll and apply through Experience York.

1. Steps to Enroll

Step by Step Guide to T.A.S.T.E. Enrollment  How to Enroll

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Step 1:

Login to the Experience York (opens in a new window) using your Passport York username & password

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Step 2:

Select the T.A.S.T.E Mentoring Program Tab on the Left

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Step 3:

Select the Applications Tab to Enroll in T.A.S.T.E Mentoring Program

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1. Select View Available Programs/Courses.
2. Select Apply and complete your Profile.
3. Enrollments will be approved within 2 Business Days.


2. Steps to Apply

Step by Step Guide to T.A.S.T.E. Application    How to Apply

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Step 1:

Login to the Experience York

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Step 2:

Watch the Online TASTE Prep Video

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Step 3:

Select T.A.S.T.E. Mentoring Program and then Applications

 

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Step 4:

Select T.A.S.T.E. under Your Current Experiences

Step 5:

Complete the Applications and Accept Terms and Conditions

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Step 6:

Select Make a Connection

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1.Search Postings
2. Review Alumni Profiles
3. To be considered for a meeting, select the Add/Remove Interest button, check the Interested box and hit Submit.

 

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Step 7:

Please Note: If you submit interest for more than one posting, you will be able to go back to Make a Connection and Submit Rankings for your choices.

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Step 8:

If you've been selected, you will receive an e-mail asking you to confirm your interest in participating in TASTE.  Once you have RSVP’d to the email, you will receive more details about the meeting date, time and location.


Participate as an Alumni

Steps to Apply

   Steps to Apply

formsSTEP 1: Indicate your interest in participating in TASTE by completing the Alumni Participation Form.

 

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STEP 2: The Career Centre will provide you with the profiles of the two students who are interested in meeting you.

 

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STEP 3: Take two students out to share information about your career path, your job, industry, sector and organization. You may also provide students with an optional company tour.

 

rating with 3 of 3 starsSTEP 4: Following your meeting, you will be asked to complete an evaluation form.

 

 

York Alumni interested in participating in TASTE will provide a bio, company information and the date, time, and location when they are available to take two students for a 1 to 1½ hour meeting. If you're interested in taking students on a tour of your organization prior to or after meeting, please submit the time and length of the tour on the online form.

Please Note: In order to make this program as flexible and accommodating as possible, our alumni participants select a date, time and location that is most convenient for them. The program is open all year round and doesn’t require any long term commitments.

If you have any questions about TASTE, please contact:

Surina Sohal
Employer & Alumni Liaison
(416)736-2100 x 40792
surina@yorku.ca

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